Monday 16 December 2019

It's painful but we need to be positive: Poch

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking at the bigger picture after his side lost the Champions League final to Liverpool.

Spurs were playing in Europe's biggest club game for the first time in their history, and will have a sense of regret because such an opportunity to win the Champions League may never come around again.

Spurs, arguably the better team for much of the game, missed several chances to cancel out Mohamed Salah's second-minute penalty and then succumbed to Divock Origi's late second.

But Pochettino, who refused to be drawn on his future, was keen to reflect on a season where they produced their best-ever European Cup run, booked a fourth successive top-four spot in the Premier League and moved into their new stadium.

"Now it's impossible to talk and we will all be very disappointed," he said.

"The season was fantastic. We need to feel proud. I feel so proud of all the players, the fans and the club.

"We can't give the last moment, the last game of the season, a massive reward for our fans.

"It was a final and we've spoken in the past that a final is to win, not just to play well. It's about the details.

"It's so painful but at the same time we need to be calm in the way that we talk and analyse things because the season was fantastic and we need to feel proud - to finish in the top four and play in the Champions League final for the first time in the history of the club.

"It's going to be painful because we lost the final but at the same time we need to be positive. We need to be clever now. Always after a painful situation, it's about building the success and to build the next period in your life.

"Of course it's going to be tough, but in the same way now after a couple of hours, we need to change our mind and be positive.

"We are a team that has priorities that is shared with the stadium. We looked at the quality of our players in the final but it would have been incredible to win today and lift the trophy."

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