Mauricio Pochettino expects tears to flow when Spurs leave White Hart Lane

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Mauricio Pochettino admits he may well shed a tear or two as Tottenham bid an emotional farewell to White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The final game at White Hart Lane, where Spurs have played since 1899, will be played on Sunday afternoon against Manchester United.

The highest points of Spurs' time at White Hart Lane must be their league title wins in 1950/51 and 1960/61, the latter part of a cup double won under Bill Nicholson.

The England global has made 45 appearances across all competitions this year and has been in impressive form since joining the White Hart Lane outfit from Portuguese side Sporting CP in 2014.

The match will take place at White Hart Lane. "We won't have to change our habits".

After 22 years spent languishing in the shadow of the hated neighbours from down the Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham finally stole the spotlight from Arsenal with a 2-0 victory last month that ensured they would finish above the Gunners for the first time since 1995. Only they improve their position and will enjoy the new facilities, and that is fantastic for the fans.

"I've never felt the connection so deeply in a stadium between the fans and the players". One of the mistakes I made was that I said that the size of White Hart Lane maybe didn't help us in the way we wanted to play.

"Because I am a very sensitive person and so emotional, it will be hard not to cry on Sunday", Pochettino said.

"It is exciting for us and it is a unique project here in England".

Asked whether he is tempted to grab the manager's chair, he said: "No, it's so big".

Injuries continue to be a big problem for Mourinho with Luke Shaw, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all out for the season.

Having played at a temporary home during his time with Espanyol, Pochettino believes the move could inspire Spurs to win silverware.

"It was tough because it was for different reasons", he said.

With work on the new stadium well underway, Tottenham will have to say goodbye to the historic ground, which is being demolished on 15th May. He identified who could make the cut and who could make this team a better team and I feel like he'll do the same at Wembley and the season after. In a way, if he wins two trophies and he is none the wiser that is still a good season, although the football has been poor.

"It's a moment where the club need you - your support, your effort, your best". For a long-standing lover of any club to exit what is a kind of second home, is to feel the loss of friends and family who first guided us through the turnstiles and into the tribe - it is to feel old. The players that want to share it with us and stay with us, they are welcome.