Mauricio Pochettino refused to get downbeat despite Tottenham’s defeat in the Champions League final.
Spurs fell short in their first ever Champions League final appearance, with goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi condemning them to defeat.
However, Pochettino was eager to look to the future instead, telling BT Sport: “I feel very proud about their effort, how we fight. We were unlucky, we concede a goal on a penalty. We were fighting, and we played so well in the second half. I feel so proud, a little bit unlucky. To start 1-0 down from the start was tough, we changed our plans but we are very proud of these players and these fans. We can be optimistic.
“That [penalty] was the circumstance we cannot manage or prepare for. You can never believe you will be 1-0 down after a minute. Mentally it was very tough, it’s about learning and experience, like Liverpool were in this position last year.
“I am so pleased to manage this group of players, but congratulations to Liverpool.
“The standards are so high, it wasn’t enough today. It’s a shame. You want to experience this again and repeat it. It is the best game in the world after the World Cup.
“It’s about trying, believing and building the journey so it happens again as soon as possible.”