He is beginning to feel at home: Pochettino greets winning in a new stadium

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the club has been vindicated in its decision to move to its new stadium this season after they enjoyed a historic homecoming.

The Spurs were finally able to play in their majestic home eight months later than originally planned and produced the perfect gift for the opening of the house by beating Crystal Palace 2-0.

A transcendental day.#SpursAreHome ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/K2FwsBdq92

– Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019

Son Heung-min created a part of the story with the first competitive goal at the stadium, and Christian Eriksen added a second to help the Spurs get their first win in six Premier League games.

It was a battle for the club to arrive at its new home this season, in the midst of a series of seemingly endless delays, and some people suggested that they should have waited until next year to move.

But Pochettino was the biggest cheerleader who played there as soon as possible and, after a single game, knows that it was the right decision.

"That's our second day at the stadium for us and the players, but it starts to feel like home," he said.

"It's going to be such an important place for the future and, of course, I think we were right to move here."

"With all the risk, of course, but I think that in football, if you want to achieve important things, you must be brave and we moved with courage and we started playing this season."

That feeling when you write your name in the folklore of the Spurs#SpursAreHome ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/726JR1niAZ

– Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 3, 2019

The timing could not be better, as Pochettino's men were in a five-game winless race that threatened to paralyze their top four hopes.

But the three points moved them back to third place and with four of their last six games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Pochettino hopes he can help his side on the line.

"Surely for the opponent it will be difficult," he added. "If, like me, I'm the manager of Tottenham or play for Tottenham, you adapt so quickly in this atmosphere and I think it was incredible."

"It's impossible not to be affected by your fans, the energy and excitement of being there and running, shooting, saving and coping."

"If you are not motivated to play in this kind of environment, something bad happened in your head. Surely it will be hard for the opponent. "

Palace never threatened to ruin the grand opening of Tottenham and Chief Roy Hodgson was impressed with the new surroundings.

"It's exceptional," he said.

"I can understand why there has been so much exaggeration around them: they should be extremely proud to have created a stadium like this for their team to act"

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