Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham can't have any regrets over leaving White Hart Lane

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Looking forward: Pochettino urged Spurs not to try to stop their 'evolution': Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino insists he has no regrets over leaving White Hart Lane after Tottenham confirmed they are to play their home matches at Wembley next season.

Spurs finalised their plans on Friday afternoon for the 2017/18 campaign as the £750million redevelopment of the current site gathers pace.

Pochettino’s side have the best home record in the Premier League having won 15 of their 17 games to date and are one of only two teams in England’s top four divisions – along with Bradford City – to remain unbeaten in front of their own supporters.

Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal promises to be an occasion high on emotion, especially as a Tottenham win would guarantee Spurs finish above their bitter rivals for the first time in 22 years.

Spurs have struggled at Wembley in recent times; since winning the 2008 League Cup Final, Tottenham have won just one of their last nine visits, most recently succumbing 4-2 to Chelsea in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final.

But Pochettino told Standard Sport prior to Spurs making the announcement: “It is important to sort everything and try to move as soon as possible to Wembley and then to move again to the new stadium.

“The evolution you cannot stop and when the decision was now it is so exciting to go to play at Wembley next season if we can, maybe, if all is sorted and then to move to the new stadium but we cannot now regret about White Hart Lane.

“We feel every time that we play, it is the last game. Our fans are so excited, and our players too. I think that feeling , that energy, that our fans translate to the team, is amazing. And it is key, to push you and help you to give your best.

“I think all that we are achieving there at White Hart Lane, is a big percentage [because] of our fans too.

“The team plays exciting football. The fans are completely involved with the team, they feel very close to the team and I think we can build that relationship, that is great for the club. I think it’s fantastic.

“That collaboration, to share the feeling, to share the way that we play, when you win, but when you lose the same. Always the team feels so proud of the fans, and the fans feel so proud for the team. I think that is a fantastic union, that can only benefit the club.”

Arsenal beat Manchester City in the other FA Cup semi-final last weekend but have otherwise been heavily criticised for proving mentally weak in big matches.

However, Pochettino said: “I don’t believe that. I think that the top six clubs in England for different reasons you cannot always be first, second, third… the level is so similar so I don’t believe that. “When you are in a bad moment, a lot of comment appears. But I don’t too much agree with that.”

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