Tottenham Hotspur prepare for White Hart Lane finale
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Manchester United are the visitors to north London for Spurs’ last game at the current venue, before demolition crews descend on the stadium a day later
Tottenham Hotspur have called White Hart Lane their home since 1899, but on Sunday they will play their final match on the current N17 pitch.
Manchester United are the visitors to north London for Spurs’ last game at the current venue, before demolition crews descend on the stadium a day later.
With Tottenham hopeful of a return to N17 for the 2018/19 campaign, the Lilywhites supporters should only be away from their home for one season.
But when they return to White Hart Lane in 2018, it will be at a new 61,599-seater venue and this weekend will therefore be emotional for everyone associated with the club.
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Boss Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to continue their excellent form on home turf having won their last 16 games in all competitions.
The likes of Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea have all been seen off during that run to keep Tottenham in with a chance of winning the title, but their hopes may officially be over by the time they step out at White Hart Lane.
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If Antonio Conte’s Blues win at West Brom tomorrow (Friday), they will be crowned Premier League champions.
“The title is not over, but it is true that it will be difficult,” said Pochettino after the 1-0 defeat at West Ham last Friday.
“Once again if you want to put pressure on your opponent you have to win and it wasn’t the case. Now we have to wait, but I think it will be difficult to catch Chelsea.”
Even if Tottenham’s London rivals seal the title tomorrow, Spurs can still effectively secure second-place with a point on Sunday due to their superior goal difference over Manchester City, and definitely will with a victory.
Pochettino will not be happy with a draw and neither will the players and Victor Wanyama insists the squad will bounce back following their frustrating derby loss at West Ham.
Tottenham could have closed the gap on Chelsea to just one point with a win, but failed to break down a dogged Hammers defence and suffered their first league defeat since February 11.
“Everyone is very disappointed. We can’t do anything now. We have to take it in and go again,” said Wanyama.
“We lost and we can’t complain too much. Yes it’s tough to take, but we need to get back into it and go again. We have the character and we have to continue, we have to keep going.”