Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says the club must use their new stadium as a catalyst to ‘be a contender for big things’.
As reported by the Daily Express, Spurs made a triumphant start to life in their new stadium with a win over Crystal Palace.
Son Heung-min had the honour of scoring the first goal in the 62,000 capacity arena before Christian Eriksen completed the scoring with 10 minutes to play.
A flamboyant opening ceremony proceeded the match in north London, with dancers, singers and a fantastic firework display entertaining supporters of both teams.
The result took Pochettino’s side above Arsenal and into in 3rd the Premier League table with six matches to play.
Speaking after the final whistle, the Argentine dedicated the victory to club Chairman Daniel Levy for all his hard work on the newbuild and issued a challenge to his players over the years to come.
It’s a special moment, a special night. I feel and believe it is the best stadium in the world – we are the World Cup winners for facilities. The emotion was amazing from the beginning. To win was so important to us. Today we touched the glory. Now we need to touch the glory of lifting trophies. With the stadium and our training ground, we are starting to behave like a big club and can be a contender for big things. Now is the start of a chapter. We close one chapter and open another chapter and bring victory to our fans. It will always be one of the happy memories in my heart. We knew it would be a risk to come here in the middle of the season but in football, if you want to win things, you have got to be brave. And I’m pleased for Daniel because of this fantastic project and I dedicate that victory to him. I was so proud to see his face full of happiness before the game. This was one of the best moments in his life.
Spurs host European football in the new stadium next Tuesday, as Manchester City visit in the Champions League quarter-finals.