Pochettino: Stadium move has ‘stopped the evolution’ of Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Spurs hunt for a trophy has been hampered by their move away from White Hart Lane.

The delays to the opening of Spurs news stadium is becoming somewhat of an embarrassment for the North London club, a stadium that they expected to be ready for the start of the current season.

However, delays have seen the expected opening date being constantly put back, with speculation now suggesting that they will not return to White Hart Lane until the start of next season.

During that time away from their historic home, Mauricio Pochettino has maintained the clubs position within the top four, as well as steering them to the semi-finals of last season’s FA Cup and this season’s Carabao Cup, only to fall at the second-to-last hurdle on each occasion.

Speaking about the clubs continued lack of trophies ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Crystal Palace, Pochettino has said the stadium move has ‘stopped the evolution’ of his side.

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“We are always close to the last step [to trophies] but to achieve it is the most difficult thing,” the Argentine said in his pre-match press conference.

“At the moment, the team needed the last push, what happened? We build and build but then, White Hart Lane – gone.

“We moved to Wembley and there were all the doubts about how we are going to behave. There was the example of West Ham in their first season [at the London Stadium], and many things in this process that stopped the evolution of the team about to win.

“Remember, we were unbeaten in the Premier League at White Hart Lane in our last season there.

“Nobody said what it meant to move to Wembley to create another project and not only this – we were going to play only one season at Wembley, and now it’s nearly two seasons and no one says nothing.

“When Arsenal moved [to Emirates Stadium], people talked about massive problems, they are still paying.”

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