LONDON — Mauricio Pochettino looked proud as he glanced around White Hart Lane one last time.
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Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester United 2-1 on Sunday to secure second place in the Premier League and go the entire 2016-17 campaign unbeaten at home, their final season at their White Hart Lane home.
Spurs’ 118-year stay at the Lane is now over as they’ll temporarily move to Wembley for next season before returning to the new 61,559 capacity stadium right next to their old home in time for the 2018-19 season.
In his brief post-game press conference, ProSoccerTalk asked Pochettino what his overriding memory of White Hart Lane would be.
“Now, it will always be the last day,” Pochettino said. “For me it was a very exciting day because I think it was perfect. The preparation of the game, the game we played well and we got the three points and on the end all the ceremony was fantastic to share with all of the legends, the people, the staff and the fans, the family. For me the most special day will always be this last day at White Hart Lane.”
It was perfect.
Spurs dominated Manchester United from start to finish and despite missing chances they got the three points they needed to secure their best-ever finish in the Premier League, equal a club record of 14 home league wins in a row and also got unbeaten at home in a season for the first time since 1964-65.
Speaking about the future and what their new $800 million stadium will bring, Pochettino believes there is plenty more to come from this club and his talented young squad.
“We believe when the new stadium opens its doors, it will help the club to reach the last level. That is our expectation and our idea,” Pochettino said. “The facilities on the training ground, the facilities on the new training ground, it will be the team and the club in the last level in Europe.”
There was plenty of nostalgia in the air at the Lane on Sunday but there’s also a huge amount of optimism as Pochettino targeted challenging for the title once again next season.