Mauricio Pochettino hints he could have left if they had won UEFA Champions League
Written by: Tushaar Sachdeva
The Argentine led the club to their first-ever final of this continental extravaganza.
Tottenham Hotspur's head coach Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that he could have left the club if they had won the UEFA Champions League against Liverpool FC last month.
The Argentine manager led the lily whites to their first-ever UCL final after having a terrific campaign where they beat the likes of Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and AFC Ajax along the way.
And the 47-year-old insists that his future might have been away from the London club if they had beaten Liverpool. He revealed it in the first media interaction ahead of 2019-20 season before their pre-season opener against Juventus on Sunday in Singapore.
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“If the result had been different, maybe you can think it is a moment to step out of the club and give it a possibility for a real new chapter with a new coaching staff,” he said.
“But, to finish like this? I am not a person who won't face problems or avoids difficult situations."
“When you touch the glory, you behave differently, the players behave differently, the challenge becomes different."
A penalty goal within the first two minutes from Mohamed Salah and another goal at the 87th minute mark sealed the win for Liverpool last month.
“I know Tottenham. It is not the same as another club."
“Myself and the coaching staff are not the same, no better or worse, just different. That is a normal mindset but we are getting results with ours.”
Tottenham will play their first competitive game against newly-promoted Aston Villa in the Premier League first game week. But before that, they have games against Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and the winner of Bayern Munich and Fenerbahce. They will end their pre-season with the last game against Inter Milan.
Pochettino understands that reaching the final was not an easy task without any investment from the two transfer windows of the season. He said, "In the last few years, if you compare Tottenham with Liverpool or Manchester City or Manchester United or Arsenal or Chelsea, we cannot forget that we came from a period where the priority was to build our stadium and to play more than two seasons in Wembley."
“To come up against a great team like Liverpool and then lose the final – it’s difficult to accept. But in the last week we start to train and start to motivate again."
Published: Fri Jul 19, 2019 02:48 PM IST