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.
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.
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“It’s going to be an incredible atmosphere with a lot of excitement, but they’ve got to realise they can’t just turn up and think it’s going to be a party and enjoy it – they’ve got to go there and perform, because they need the three points badly!”
Sunday’s narrow defeat to Liverpool has seen Spurs slip to fourth place, level on points with Manchester United in fifth and only one point above Chelsea in sixth.
Claiming their first win in six Premier League matches would see them climb back above rivals Arsenal into third – and Dawson says they have no time to get comfortable to their new surroundings.
“You thought they were was guaranteed a Champions League place, about six weeks ago they were about ten points clear up there, but after picking up one point from 15, it’s made it really tight,” he added.
“So they don’t have time to find their feet, they have to hit the ground running. It can take time when a club moves to a new stadium, but Spurs don’t have that time.
“If they do, they’re going to be out of the top four and not in the Champions League.
“But, I’m confident they have enough quality to win tonight and get the three points.”
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