New stadium needed to take Tottenham to 'last level in Europe,' says Mauricio Pochettino after United win

Tottenham confirmed their second placed finish with their highest ever points total this afternoon by beating Manchester United in their last game at the Lane

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Mauricio Pochettino waved farewell to White Hart Lane and said that the move to the new 61,000-seater stadium was needed to take Tottenham to the “last level in Europe”.

Tottenham confirmed their second placed finish with their highest ever points total this afternoon by beating Manchester United in their last game at the Lane, which will be knocked down before they move to the new stadium for the 2018-19 season. After years of progress on and off the pitch, Pochettino now sees Spurs on the brink of joining the big boys when they move into their new ground.

“We were talking a lot and we believe that when the new stadium opens the doors, it will help the club to reach the last level,” Pochettino said in his post-match press conference. “That is our expectation, that is our idea. Because with the training ground, the new facilities and the new stadium will put the team and the club in the last level in Europe.”

The new stadium will not only bring in more match-day revenue for Spurs but could also make the club more attractive to investment, providing the conditions for Tottenham to get closer to the big-spenders in the Premier League and beyond. “The people know the club need this push,” Pochettino said. “I think we are on a great journey.”

Although Chelsea confirmed the Premier League title by winning at West Brom on Friday night, Pochettino was proud of Spurs’ performances this year and hoped they could go one better next season.

“We are really sad, disappointed because Chelsea, at the end, they won the Premier League,” Pochettino admitted. “But nothing to regret. Very, very, very happy with the performance of the players and everyone. And only for now, to say to our fans, to say to everyone that we will try next season to try to give our best, and try to fight again to try to win the league.”

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