Spurs continue to get results despite extended Wembley stay
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Boss Mauricio Pochettino believes it is a pleasure to play at the national stadium, but does understand the fans frustration
It needed another late show, but Tottenham Hotspur won again at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and talk of a hoodoo under the arch in Brent seems a distant memory now.
Spurs have coped unbelievably well at a ground which was never going to feel like home, but especially now given the club’s unexpected extended stay there.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team were meant to be back in N17 and playing in their brand new 62,062-seater stadium by now.
Delays mean they are still at Wembley, but while almost every single fan cannot wait to leave, Tottenham’s manager still enjoys the opportunity to take charge of games at the football home of the country.
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Speaking after the 2-1 win over Watford in the Premier League on January 30, when an attendance of 29,164 out of a possible 51,000 was recorded, Pochettino said: “I promise you, for me it is a privilege to play here.
“I cannot expect that the people from different places in London come here and feel the same as going to White Hart Lane.
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“For me I enjoy every single game that I am here and I always say thank you to have the possibility to play, but I am Argentinian, with a double passport with Spain, and how I see Wembley is maybe different than you.
“But for me it is a privilege and I always say thank you to have one game to play here, but of course for our fans it is going to be different when we are in the new stadium.”
Tottenham’s attendance against Watford was the lowest they have had at Wembley this season.
It is only fair to point out some mitigating factors, however, with the temperature that night below freezing, the fact it was a Wednesday game plays a part too while it took place days after Spurs had exited both the FA Cup and League Cup.
Pochettino refused to criticise the Lilywhites faithful when asked about the crowd for that particular game.
He did admit though, when the club return to Tottenham it will be special moment for everyone associated with the north London outfit and will help the team too.
“I told you before we cannot ask for more from our fans,” Pochettino said. “I know very well, on a very cold night, so far in England it was the coldest night, I think it is difficult to get here.
“Of course, it was completely different to play at White Hart Lane. This is our second season at Wembley and maybe some people don’t remember that and for the fans it is so difficult to come here.
“It is going to be far better in our stadium. Our stadium is going to be fantastic when we start to play there, and it is a different type of stadium.
“When you start to build your home, it is going to be fantastic to play there and that is going to help the team to achieve victories.”