Mauricio Pochettino: I'm already missing White Hart Lane and Tottenham haven't left yet

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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is already missing White Hart Lane even though Tottenham will not leave their traditional home for at least two months.

The club’s plan is for this to be their final season at the ground they have occupied since 1899, with home games staged at Wembley in 2017/18. Spurs then intend to occupy their 61,000-seat stadium, a project costing about £800 million, from the 2018/19 campaign.

Pochettino’s experiences this season remind him of his time at Espanyol, who left their Sarria Stadium at the end of 1996/97. He believes the knowledge that this is likely to be the last season at White Hart Lane is giving the team a closer bond with the supporters.

Pochettino said: “This season at White Hart Lane is special. We can all feel it. The people are more open to help the team, the team is more focused, trying to pay the support of the fans.

“It’s a moment when you start to feel very comfortable there. You start to miss it before you leave. Every time you are there, you miss it, you start to miss it.

“I remember the final season at Sarria very well. It was very emotional, special. I was a player and I felt how emotional it was. Our last day there, I remember how people cried. And now it is happening at White Hart Lane, many years later.

“I am living through the same situation, and feeling the same way, as I was 20 years ago.”

Many fans believe Spurs would have progressed beyond the group stages of the Champions League this term had they held home fixtures at White Hart Lane rather than Wembley.

But Pochettino insisted: “It was important to prove ourselves at Wembley this season because we will play there next season.”

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