Pochettino: Win over Manchester United the "perfect" farewell to White Hart Lane


We wanted to win so badly in our last game.

"We've got to make sure we feel comfortable there next season and make it as much of a fortress as White Hart Lane". For me, it was a very exciting day.

Like most old English football stadiums, White Hart Lane hasn't changed much during the years, and as such there are several areas of the ground that don't lend very well to a spectator's view.

Spurs only confirmed their switch to Wembley at the end of last month and the club have been keen to emphasise they are only taking on a new stadium, rather than moving to a different location.

Whatever the outcome, Sunday will be a deeply poignant occasion as Spurs say goodbye to a ground graced by such club greats as Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflower, Steve Perryman, Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne.

The game was followed by a pitch invasion and then a ceremony involving Spurs greats from yesteryear, a rainbow breaking through the clouds with flawless timing as a shower of white tickertape brought the festivities to a close. Yet Kane is still confident that, after finishing third in the league last season and second this, they can go one better in 2018-19.

United have unhappy recent memories of a farewell match at a venerable London venue.

The 2-1 victory over Jose Mourinho's men was the last game to be played before the club move into the new 61,559-capacity arena next door.

Tottenham will play all their home games at Wembley next season as the deconstruction of White Hart Lane has already started.

Spurs have struggled at the stadium during their Champions League campaign and were also beaten there by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The Red Devils travel to London fresh from a 2-1 aggregate win over Celta Vigo which ensured they made it to the Europa League final.

Tottenham are guaranteed second place in the Premier League - their highest finish in the history of the competition - and will participate in the group stages of next season's Champions League.

"But obviously, like we did against Arsenal, we didn't throw the match away". We're not going to say that matches are not important.

The Lilywhites have gone the entire season at home unscathed and will hope to sign off in front of their own fans on a good note.

Us too, Poch. Us too.

Mauricio Pochettino raised a few eyebrows with his team selection for the clash with United, as Kieran Trippier was again selected ahead of Kyle Walker at right-back.