‘It will be tough’ - Pochettino delivers stadium blow


The club announced another delay to the grand opening earlier this week, confirming that the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2 will now take place at their temporary home of Wembley.

"I don't want to think too much".

And Tottenham boss Pochettino admitted in his Friday press conference that it could prove tough to move into the new stadium before season's end.

Spurs have endured mixed results during his time out of the side, winning all three of their Premier League matches without him but also crashing out of both domestic cup competitions against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

"My gut feeling is that it's going to be tough but my wish, my hope and my dream is to finish this season playing in the new stadium". "I hope that happens, I believe it can be very positive to move to the new stadium", added the Tottenham manager.

Pochettino spoke of his disappointment that their Premier League clash with Leicester has been moved to Sunday for television when Spurs face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Kane and Alli have been missing due to ankle and hamstring injuries respectively, with the England captain having initially expected to be unavailable until early March after he was hurt against Manchester United last month.

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"That's why our responsibility is to be ready and compete in the best way because I think it's a game that will be decisive".

"You need a minimum 72 hours, but we will have less and how you prepare in these 48 hours with the players that were involved, it's almost impossible".

"He's so close to coming back again".

Pochettino also took the time to address speculation after he was pictured leaving a West End restaurant which Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham had also been eating in.

"I was with Jesus and another person".

"Only we say hello because we met by coincidence".

"Jesus said "look in the corner, who it is", then I saw these two people with two people more. We went back home".