Tottenham could put themselves one win away from a Champions League “miracle” that will leave Mauricio Pochettino pondering his future.
Spurs take on Ajax in the semi-final second-leg in Amsterdam on Wednesday hoping to overturn their 1-0 deficit and book a place in the Madrid final next month.
If Pochettino was somehow able to lead his side to glory in this competition – a feat he has said would be a “miracle” – he admits he would have to think about finding a new challenge.
Cutting a prickly figure throughout a press conference at the Johan Cryuff Arena on Tuesday, Pochettino, who has been linked with jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid in the last 12 months, hinted that winning the competition with Spurs would leave him looking for “something different”.
Asked whether he thought winning the Champions League would have been possible five years ago, he said: “Winning the Champions League? It should be fantastic, no? Close the five-year chapter and go home.”
Pushed on the matter further and asked whether he was joking, he added: “It’s not a joke, why? To win the Champions League with Tottenham in these circumstances this season, maybe I need to think about maybe doing something different in the future. Because to repeat the miracle, you know…”
Spurs have history in their grasp as they have never reached the final of the European Cup before and even if they cannot do it on Wednesday, Pochettino reiterated that he is “living the dream”.
“For us it’s a bonus, for myself it’s a bonus,” he said. “Of course now we are there, we want to try to win, we want to win and be in the final.
“I’m not thinking about if we are creating history or doing something special.
“The most important is to try and enjoy, to try and bring to the players that belief, as we have done to get here but we must also dream.”