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Pochettino wants Spurs’ new stadium ready for Champions League

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that their new stadium will be ready for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Nou Camp on Tuesday was enough to guarantee them qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League, which will be played in February, and Pochettino is hoping their new stadium will be ready to host the game.

Spurs’ new stadium has been delayed several times due to electrical and structural issues with the construction.

“I hope and I wish to play the first leg in the new stadium. I don’t know whether it will be there or not, but I hope to play there,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

“But I don’t believe it is going to be decisive to play at one or the other stadium, the most important thing is our performance on the pitch.

“It would be a massive boost for players and staff to play at the new stadium – but the motivation will be there too, if we play at Wembley.”