Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham feel at home at Wembley
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Last Updated: 09/02/18 1:19pm
Mauricio Pochettino says Wembley finally feels like "home" for Tottenham ahead of Saturday's north London derby against rivals Arsenal.
Spurs are currently 12 games unbeaten at Wembley, where they are based while the club's new stadium at White Hart Lane is completed.
Tottenham struggled at England's national stadium when playing in the Champions League group stage last season, but Pochettino believes his side have finally become accustomed to their new surroundings.
"Of course, it was difficult at the start," he said. "It's like growing up in a certain house for 20 years and then moving.
"You need time to adapt, you won't sleep well for the first few nights. It's a new house but it's not your home. But now we are starting to feel that Wembley is home.
"Before, it was a new house, and it is the same for the fans. They were used to meeting the same people before the game, going to the same pubs. All of us are creatures of habit."
Tottenham are aiming to move into their new stadium as a Champions League club, with just one point separating them from fourth-placed Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger managed a similar period of transition when Arsenal moved to the Emirates Stadium from Highbury in 2006, but Pochettino does not see himself replicating the Frenchman at White Hart Lane.
"It's difficult (to be like Wenger)," he said. "For different reasons, it is tough. Maybe we are talking about one of the last managers to be able to apply this power over everything in a football club. The owners are different these days.
"Before, England was a little bit of a paradise for football. It was unique: there was respect for people, respect for managers, and even when I arrived at Southampton five years ago, it was still there.
"But now the owners are different. When English football started to integrate more with European football, England started to share the Latin culture more.
"And in the last few years, everything that has happened in the English game is similar to what would happen in another European country."
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