Pochettino hails win at new stadium


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the club have been vindicated in their decision to move into their new stadium this season after they enjoyed a historic homecoming.

Spurs finally got to play in their majestic new home eight months later than originally planned and they produced the perfect housewarming gift as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0.

Son Heung-min created a slice of history with the first competitive goal at the stadium, with Christian Eriksen adding a second late on to help Spurs to a first win in six Premier League games.

It was a battle for the club to make it in to their new home this season, amid a seemingly never-ending run of delays, and some people suggested they should have waited until next year to move in.

But Pochettino was the biggest cheerleader for playing there as soon as possible and knows after just one game that it was the right decision.

“That is our second day at the stadium for us and the players but it starts to feel like home,” he said. “It is going to be such an important place for the future and of course I think we were right to move here. With all the risk, of course, but I think in football if you want to achieve important things you need to be brave and we were brave moving and starting to play this season.”

The timing of it could not be better as Pochettino’s men were on a five-game winless run that threatened to cripple their top-four hopes.