Spurs losing in CL final probably kept Poch at club

Date published: Friday 19th July 2019 8:59

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits he could have quit the job had Tottenham won the Champions League.

The former Argentina defender has established Spurs as a top-four regular since swapping Southampton for north London in 2014.

Pochettino has yet to win a trophy but could scarcely be more loved by the Tottenham faithful, especially after leading them on a memorable run to the Champions League final.

Spurs lost 2-0 to Premier League rivals Liverpool in June’s Madrid showpiece, but that outcome has seemingly prevented much-vaunted Pochettino moving on to pastures new – and fuelled his desire to kick on with the club.

“It was an amazing period,” he said. “After five years in a difficult project at Tottenham we talk a lot about perception and reality, how we fight and all the energy we expend trying to get Tottenham fighting with the best teams in Europe and England.

“Of course, it’s always in your head, you never know. With the way I am, I am always going to prioritise the club over myself.

“Maybe if it was a different result after the final you can think, ‘OK, maybe this is a moment to leave the club and give them the possibility of a really new chapter with a new coaching staff’.

“But after the final I felt this was not great to finish like this. I’m not a person that avoids facing problems or a difficult situation.

“I love a massive challenge, a difficult challenge and of course now to rebuild that mentality to make it possible to repeat a similar season, that is exciting and motivates me a lot.”

Asked if he could have made a different decision had Spurs won the Champions League, Pochettino – who signed a new and improved five-year deal last summer – said: “For sure.

“You know very much when you touch glory you behave differently or you feel different or the players feel different and the challenge becomes different.”

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