Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is planning already for next season
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With second-place secured, Spurs can turn their attention to the 2017/18 campaign and aim to challenge for the title again
Tottenham Hotspur have two games left in this season’s Premier League, but it would appear plans are already being put in place for next year and it is easy to understand why.
Spurs visit last year’s champions Leicester City tomorrow (Thursday) before going to relegated Hull City on Sunday, but both are now formalities.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team secured a second-place finish last weekend with a 2-1 win over Manchester United in the final-ever match at the old White Hart Lane ground.
And with two games coming up in such a short amount of time, it would appear wise for the Argentine to rotate his squad and perhaps give some youngsters a chance.
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But more crucially, it already seems Pochettino is thinking about next season and the 2018/19 campaign when Spurs will return back to N17 to play in a new 61,559-seater venue.
“We have been talking a lot and we believe when the new stadium doors open it will help the club to achieve the last level. That is our expectation and idea,” said Pochettino.
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“The facilities of the training ground and the facilities of the new stadium should put the club and the team on the last level of Europe.”
After finishing inside the top three twice over the last two seasons, Spurs have established themselves as one of the top sides in the division.
The challenge for Pochettino now will be to handle the campaign Tottenham must play at Wembley, which will come with its problems.
Spurs have struggled at the national stadium in recent years and rival teams visiting the ground next season will surely raise their game.
But the positive for Pochettino now is that he can focus a lot of his energy on how Tottenham will cope with playing at Wembley, as nothing is riding on the final two games left.
He also highlighted recently that clubs in other countries have been able to enjoy success after leaving their home, with Espanyol a case in point.
Even with Spurs temporarily moving to Wembley next season, Pochettino feels they can still challenge for the title again.
After biding farewell to White Hart Lane, the 45-year-old expressed his desire to kick on and challenge for honours again next year.
Pochettino said: “I’m a very lucky guy to share the history of such a club in such a special moment.
“I feel so lucky to be here and I am so happy. I want to congratulate all and say thank you to all of my players and staff and the fans.
“All together we worked so hard to try and achieve all we achieved this season and I am sad and disappointed that Chelsea won the Premier League, but there is nothing to regret.
“I am very, very happy with the performance of the players and all I can say now to our fans is that we will give our best next season to try and fight to win the league.”