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Dele Alli challenges Spurs to ‘create history’

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Dele Alli has issued Tottenham a challenge of creating history at their new stadium upon training at the venue for the first time.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side trained at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday for the first time as they began to adapt to the club’s new stadium.

The 62,062-capacity arena hosted it’s first match last Sunday, where Spurs’ Under-18 team defeated their Southampton counterparts 3-1. A second test event featuring club legends taking on Inter Milan legends will be hosted at the venue on Saturday.

Should things go to plan, Spurs’ first-team will finally leave the Wembley Arena and host Crystal Palace in their first game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 3.

And midfielder Alli is hoping that this will be the start of a new glorious era for Spurs.

“It still has the same feeling of when I was playing at White Hart Lane,” Alli told Sky Sports.

“It’s amazing and we’re all very excited, we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. It’s finally come.

“There were a lot of memories at White Hart Lane, hopefully, we can make some better ones here. You never know what is going to happen in football, but we definitely feel the club is heading [in the right direction].

“We’re getting better as a team and we have to keep doing that. We’ve got some great young players and an amazing manager. We’re all enjoying playing together and we want to try and create history.”

The England international prays that the new ground will inspire Spurs to finish the season well following their recent setbacks.

After keeping pace with Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League title race for so long, the Lilywhites have fallen 15 points behind and are now at risk of dropping out of the top-four.

Pochettino’s men have lost three of their last four league matches.

“We’ve had a few tough games and results, so maybe a change is what we needed at this point of the season,” said Alli.

“It’s a difficult point of the season, every game is massive, and you’ve got to get as many points as you can. Hopefully, we can make a positive end in this stadium.”

Spurs will first take a trip to Liverpool for a Premier League match on Sunday, with kick-off set for 17:30 (CET).