Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham have created history by building a new stadium and still challenging for the Champions League. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which opened earlier this month, will host the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Ajax on Tuesday as Spurs try to put one foot in a first ever European Cup final.
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To be one tie away from such a feat represents remarkable progress for the club under Pochettino, whose initial brief when he arrived five years ago was to get the team competing for a spot in the top four as the new stadium was being built. “What is a thing we feel most?” he said.
“Proud, because we can develop two different things in football that no other club could do: the most unbelievable facilities and then put the club on the sports side in a very competitive place, reduce the gap to the top four, be contenders and play Champions League in three or four years.
“Normally it’s to move to the new stadium and then be competitive and look to play in the Champions League. Look how far ahead we are. “That is why after five years we must congratulate everyone here. The job done is fantastic. Maybe we didn’t win a trophy, but what we achieve as a club is massive. “Maybe more than winning a trophy. I don’t think anyone in history has achieved what Tottenham have made.”