Sissoko explains key feature he loves about new Spurs stadium
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The 29-year-old hailed the noise inside the 62,062-seater venue following the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko could instantly feel a big difference between playing at the club’s new home on Wednesday and Wembley Stadium.
Spurs finally returned to N17 in brilliant fashion with a touching opening ceremony followed by a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League earlier this week.
At times the noise generated by a crowd of 59,215 spectators was deafening and in stark contrast to the Lilywhites time at Wembley which extended longer than everyone had hoped.
Low crowds were recorded for home games against Watford, Newcastle United and Leicester City in Brent, but all that is a memory now Tottenham are back where they belong.
Sissoko said: “The noise was fantastic and you can feel the difference between here and Wembley.
“At Wembley, the stadium is massive and wide, but this one is very compact and narrow and that is what we like.
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“Even on the pitch we could feel it and hopefully the atmosphere will be like that next Tuesday because it will be a massive game.
“Before that we have to recover well, try to work hard and be ready for Manchester City (in the quarter-finals of the Champions League).”
The honour of scoring the first Spurs goal in the new stadium went to Heung-min Son, who fired home via a deflection in the 55th minute.
It was an emotional moment for the South Korean and everyone associated with the club and Sissoko was one of the first to celebrate with the history-maker.
Although Son claimed the club’s man of the match award, Tottenham’s Frenchman was impressive throughout and displayed his extraordinary energy levels on several occasions against Palace, with Christian Eriksen netting a late second for Spurs.
On Son, Sissoko said: “We have a good relationship and in the changing room we are together as well.
“He is a nice guy so that is why I like him and he is like all the players. We have a good squad and we understand each other very well, so we have to keep improving together and to fight until the end of the season.”