Pochettino’s Tottenham side face Klopp’s Liverpool on Saturday as both managers seek to win their first trophy as a manager in England.
It is Klopp’s third Champions League final and second in succession at Liverpool, with pressure on the German to overcome his terrible record in such games.
But Pochettino has sought to defend his rival by pointing out that reaching the final itself is “the most difficult thing”.
“For me, Jurgen is a successful manager, I admire him a lot, he is great, he is happy, optimistic, he is a very good example, I like him a lot,” he said.
“He is a little bit unlucky, the people judge because you lose the final.
“You need to judge that it is the third time he has arrived at the final, the most difficult thing is to arrive at the final.”