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Pochettino: Spurs’ new home is the best stadium in the world

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Mauricio Pochettino announced that Tottenham’s new home is the “best stadium in the world” following a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in their opening game.

After a series of constant delays, Pochettino’s side finally made their debut at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night in a Premier League match against Palace.

Spurs entered the match on the back of a terrible run of form, which had seen their top-four hopes put in jeopardy after losing four of their last five matches.

But the north Londoners were in no mood to extend that barren run in the opening fixture at their new home ground.

Following a nervy first-half performance, Son Heung-min got his name in the Spurs history books by becoming the first player to score at the new stadium in the 55th-minute.

Christian Eriksen then struck from close range in the final 10 minutes to round off a convincing 2-0 victory for Spurs.

Speaking afterwards, Spurs boss Pochettino praised the new stadium and dedicated the win to the chairman Daniel Levy.

“It’s a special moment, a special night,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

“I feel and believe it is the best stadium in the world.

“We knew the game was going to be difficult and tough. You don’t know how we’re going to react but, playing the way we played in the first half, we were going to score.

“I’m pleased for Daniel Levy because of this fantastic project and I dedicate that victory to him. The emotion was amazing from the beginning. To win was so important to us.

“Today we touched the glory. Now we need to touch the glory of lifting trophies. Now is the start of a chapter. We close one chapter and open another chapter and bring victory to our fans.”

Spurs are now back ahead of north London rivals Arsenal in third-place albeit having played one more game.

But Pochettino is optimistic of sealing a top-four finish this season, with four of Spurs’ final six fixtures being at home.

“I am so confident that we are going to get the top four in the end,” he said.

“I believe in my players. I trust them.”

Spurs will next host Manchester City next Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 03: General view as Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)