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Pochettino doubtful of Spurs move to new stadium before end of season

By Mark Bryans

Mauricio Pochettino feels it will be "tough" for Tottenham to complete the move to their new stadium before the end of the season.

The club announced another delay to their move home when it was confirmed earlier this week that the north London derby against Arsenal on March 2 will now take place at Wembley.

Spurs were originally due to move into their new 62,000-seater White Hart Lane stadium for the start of the current campaign.

The move has been put back on numerous occasions and now, with the Arsenal game confirmed as being played at Wembley, there are only five home games left.

Pochettino, whose side remain in the title race and sit just five points behind leaders Manchester City, has reiterated on several occasions that he wants to move as soon as possible but now fears it may not happen in time.

Asked if he still expected to relocate before the end of the season, he replied: "My gut feeling (is that) it will be tough but I hope and I wish to be in the new stadium.

"I don't want to think too much. Of course the people are going to be disappointed to play at Wembley, not because they don't like Wembley but because we expect to already be playing in our new stadium.

"That's why it's going to be massive to play the last five Premier League games in our new stadium. I hope that happens."

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

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