Champions League final: Mauricio Pochettino ‘calm’ as he refuses to commit future to Tottenham

Spurs fell to a 2-0 loss in Madrid despite playing on the front foot for much of the game, as goals by Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi bookended a stop-start match

Lawrence Ostlere
Saturday 01 June 2019 23:13
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Mauricio Pochettino refused to commit his future to Tottenham in the aftermath of their Champions League final defeat by Liverpool, and said now was the time to stay “calm”.

Spurs fell to a 2-0 loss in Madrid despite playing on the front foot for much of the game, as goals by Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi bookended a stop-start match.

Pochettino has spent five years at Tottenham, showing steady progress each season and coming closer than ever to a major trophy in this remarkable Champions League campaign, but he would not be drawn on whether he would stay on for another season.

“It’s not a moment now to talk too much, because you can interpret things in a different way,” Pochettino said afterwards.

“After five years in Tottenham, it was so clear the project, our ambition was amazing, and the commitment from our players was amazing to bring the club for the first time in history to a Champions League final. But now it’s about staying calm.”

Pochettino made a surprise selection in starting with Harry Kane, despite the striker not having played since the quarter-finals nearly two months ago. Kane struggled to impact the game but his manager insisted he did not regret the decision.

“You want to create a drama, but it’s not a drama. It’s just a decision. He finished the game fresh. I promise, my decision involved a lot of analysis. I don’t regret my decision.”

“Now it’s impossible to talk… I feel so proud of my players. Overall, I think we dominated the game. We created chances. But they were more aggressive, clinical in front of the goal. When that happens, it’s so painful. But at the same time, we have to be calm in the way that we talk, that we analyse the things.”

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