Tottenham stars train in their £1billion new home for the first time as Mauricio Pochettino’s side bask in the state-of-the-art surroundings
- Tottenham host Crystal Palace on April 3 in first game at their new stadium
- Mauricio Pochettino’s men took in spectacular arena as they set to work
- The 62,000-seater ground will play host to a second test event on Saturday
- Spurs players appeared to relish opportunity to get a feel for new surroundings
The players made their way from the home dressing room, down the tunnel and out onto the pitch bathed in March sunshine.
Decked out in their all-purple training gear, Spurs then set to work with a number of different exercises on the pristine surface.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men were put through their paces in the state-of-the-art arena
The Tottenham players take part in a training session at their new home on Thursday
Spurs striker Fernando Llorente looks on as players grasped a feel for their new surroundings
Tottenham striker Harry Kane heads out of the tunnel to train at the new ground on Thursday
Kane controls the ball on the pristine surface at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Co were pictured warming up with some sprints down the touchline.
They were then organised into some small-sided games and became accustomed to the new surface.
The 62,000-seater arena will host Mauricio Pochettino’s side for the first time on April 3 against Crystal Palace.
Erik Lamela took part in a small-sided game as the team prepared to take on Liverpool
Players make their way onto the pitch as they trained ahead of their game against Liverpool
Toby Alderweireld (left) and Jan Vertonghen appeared to enjoy what they were seeing
Lamela controls the ball during the training session at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
On Saturday the Tottenham legends will play their Inter Milan counterparts in the second of two test events put on for the club to be granted their safety certificate.
Supporters were able to see live action for the first time last Sunday and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive as they saw the Under 18s beat Southampton 3-1.
The atmosphere will surely be red hot when Palace come to town in the fixture following Tottenham’s trip to face Liverpool at Anfield at the weekend.
Lucas Moura (left) and Lamela of Tottenham take a selfie at their new ground on Thursday
Tickets have been desperately sought after and every seat in the record-breaking 17,500-seater south stand will be filled.
As the Spurs players trained on Thursday afternoon, the four giant HD screens lay dormant but will come alive on matchday.
It has been 98 weeks since Tottenham bid farewell to White Hart Lane and after agonising delays, the over-budget project is nearing the final destination.
Pochettino has waxed lyrical about the state-of-the-art home in which his players will now be able to showcase their talents.
Pochettino (right) speaks with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the dugout on Thursday
‘It is going to be a massive fillip for the team to feel all our fans,’ said the manager.
‘It is our new house, and our new home and it is going to be magic. White Hart Lane was magic and this is going to be one of the best of the best in the world.
‘When it starts to feel like home it will be unbelievable. I really believe the future of the club is going to be fantastic.
‘We are in a very good place in the Premier League and we know we have a massive challenge in the quarter-finals of the Champions League but with all our fans, with 62,000 people, we can make possible our dream to be in the semi-finals. Why not?’
Tottenham have played their league games at Wembley since August 2017 and were unbeaten at the old ground in Spurs’ final season at that arena in the 2016-17 campaign.
If they can match that record and make the new ground a fortress, Pochettino will fancy his chances of leading the club to some long-awaited silverware.