New Tottenham stadium: Opening game against Crystal Palace ‘won’t be a party’ for Spurs stars, warns former captain Michael Dawson


New Tottenham stadium: Opening game against Crystal Palace ‘won’t be a party’ for Spurs stars, warns former captain Michael Dawson

Tottenham have been warned they ‘can’t just turn up and enjoy the party’ in the opening game at their new stadium against Crystal Palace.

The wait is almost over the players and fans, as Spurs will kick off a new era in their newly-built £1billion home ground on Wednesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium officially opens on Wednesday

And former club captain Michael Dawson insists this is a must-win game for Spurs, stressing the need for the players to block the occasion out of their minds and concentrate on claiming a vital three points.

It promises to be an exciting night for the north Londoners, but their preparations for the historic game have not been ideal.

Tottenham have gone five games without victory in the Premier League, a horrible run of form which has erased their previously comfortable hold on a top-four spot.

And while fans will be in the mood to party when they enter the gates of their new home, the players have been given a stark warning that they must not do the same.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast, Dawson said: “It’s going to be an amazing night, a special night, but Tottenham can’t just think they’re going to turn up and win.

“It’s a great night for the Crystal Palace players too. They’re going to be excited about playing at a brand new stadium.