Berbatov urges Spurs to prove they deserve new stadium

Dimitar Berbatov has urged Tottenham Hotspur to prove they belong in their glistening new stadium.

Spurs hosted the second test event on Saturday, as a legends team featuring the striker, Robbie Keane, Paul Gascoigne and Rafael van der Vaart took on an Inter Milan side comprising such stars as Juan Sebastian Veron, Javier Zanetti and Dejan Stankovic.

Spurs lost 5-4 but Berbatov scored a wonderful header and was asked about the impact of the new stadium after full-time.

Speaking in the mixed zone, the Bulgarian said the next step is for the club to show the quality on the pitch to match their new surroundings.

“It’s going to be a big step to getting Tottenham even bigger, in the world, as a club. They have everything now.

“I think this is one of the best stadiums I’ve been in, if not the best one. So now it’s down to them to show on the pitch how good they are.”

Spurs face Crystal Palace on Wednesday in the first official game at the new stadium.

Following that encounter, Mauricio Pochettino’s team take on Manchester City in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final, and Berbatov insists that some teams will not be affected by the rapturous noise that the new stadium can generate.

He added: “It wasn’t the full stadium today but I imagine on Wednesday, the stadium is going to be full, the noise will be even bigger, it’ll be intimidating for the visiting team.

“It comes down to playing football, pushing each other, and trying to win the game because some teams are not affected by the noise.”

Berbatov spent a total of two years at Spurs before moving to Manchester United in 2008.