We start today's match knowing that a Champions League place is ours to take. Second place would secure our highest league finish since 1963 and mark the culmination of a truly remarkable season. This has been a season when our team has taken to the pitch and reminded us all why we love this game and why we love our Club.
A second season under Mauricio and his coaching staff has seen the team achieve far more than we had anticipated. This was a season that saw us go a Club record 14 Premier League games unbeaten and challenge for the title right up until this week. With a blend of youth and experience we have seen a squad built for the future.
As you arrived at White Hart Lane for today's match you could not have helped but notice the towering cranes now on the site of the new stadium and, looking up, see our Club emblem proudly displayed on them. They are a clear and distinctive signal of our intent to build for the future both on and off the pitch.
After more than 15 years of land acquisition, nine years in design and planning, we finally have the permissions we need to realise our vision of delivering one of the finest stadiums in the world.
We are building what we believe to be the foundations, literally and metaphorically, for the future of our Club.
As we move forward we know we shall face challenges and we shall often ask you to support us through these. We are currently progressing the build programme and will share details for the coming seasons with you as soon as we have final clarification. After today's match we shall use the closed period to fast track works on site.
Work has commenced on the new Player Lodge at the Training Centre which will provide our players with an exceptional accommodation and recovery facility. This will take around two years to complete. The Club’s First Team and Academy players are our most important assets and this unique and high quality environment will allow us to further improve the care and attention our players receive.
Our days have never been busier and we have no intention of standing still. Some days it feels, with schemes of this magnitude, that our battles are off the pitch as well as on. We intend to approach all with sheer determination to deliver the best for our Club.
Please take a moment to look around you today and savour the atmosphere of our last home game of a memorable season. Our congratulations go to Leicester City on winning the title. A wonderful achievement and a reminder why the Premier League is the most watched league in the world.
It was a thrilling and passionate competition. At times our football has been simply sublime.
A standout feature of this season has been the unity between players and you, our supporters. The players and coaches will take to the pitch after the match today to thank you and applaud you for the immense support you have given them. I shall be proudly applauding you all.
I firmly believe that this was a season when so much has come together.
Enjoy the Euros and the summer and we look forward to welcoming you all back here next season.
Best wishes to you and your families