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Pochettino: Success at Wembley is still the goal for Tottenham

By Jack Pitt-Brooke

Tottenham Hotspur will not move back to White Hart Lane for their European games in the second half of this season.

Spurs - who visit Chelsea tomorrow - have been knocked out of the Champions League but are still likely to be in the knock-out round of the Europa League when the competition resumes in February.

While some at Tottenham are said to have considered playing those games at White Hart Lane, and Moussa Sissoko went as far as to say he would like to switch back, the club have decided that Wembley will stay their European home for the rest of the season.

Spurs are set to play all of their home games at Wembley next year while White Hart Lane redevelopment continues.

They have found Wembley very difficult so far this season, losing badly to both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

But that is precisely why Mauricio Pochettino wants to continue there, to "make it their home", and to give Spurs the best possible chance of acclimatising to the national stadium before next season.

"The players need to be focused on playing, to talk on the pitch, that is the most important thing," said Pochettino when asked about Sissoko's comments.

"The decisions of the club are down to the chairman and the board and us, and me in this case. It's sure that if we are in the Europa League, we will play at Wembley.

"We need to make it our home. It's a good opportunity to play our next game at Wembley and then to play the Europa League games there. Because next season, we need to play 19 games, and cups and European competition (at Wembley). We need to make Wembley our home and it's a great opportunity to play."

Spurs have one more scheduled game there, their Champions League dead rubber against CSKA Moscow early next month. Unless Spurs lose that game, they will go into the Europa League.

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