Mauricio Pochettino did not seem nervous in the press room of the Metropolitan. First he attended to the explanations of his captain, Hugo Lloris, and of Harry Winks, one of his discoveries in front of Tottenham. When it was his turn to attend the media, he was seen relaxed and even joker, since he joked about his physical line posing standing in a peculiar position for photographers to deny that he is thinner. He did it after sneak out several times about whether or not Harry Kane will start. "I dont know. We have another training now and we will decide. It will not be easy to make a decision. In each game you have to make decisions of that nature. It is never easy to leave someone on the bench », added the coach on his scorer, who on Monday said he was ready to play.
The decision on the English striker allowed him to tell a little secret. "The other day I asked that we take a picture together, I have proposed it to UEFA so that we can take a picture of ourselves and not only the starting line-up before the final because it is worthwhile for everyone. Of course, someone who does not play can feel hurt. Choosing the alignment is part of my job, the more information you have, the easier it will be to make the decision. Football belongs to the players and they are the ones who will determine the result since three weeks ago our role and importance was superior when it came to focusing the game. Now it is getting smaller, "he recalled although he did not deny that"a final of the Champions is prepared in another way at mental and physical level. The important thing is to be prepared, to feel that emotion again. We will try to enjoy, and try to win to write our history in the competition. We know what we must do for it ».
He is only the third coach to guide the club to a great European final after Bill Nicholson and Keith Burkinshaw. It is the second final of the Argentine during his career as a coach after the League Cup of 2015 (was defeated by Chelsea) but the first final of the London entity for the 'orejona' in its more than 130 years of history. And all this achieved despite the multiple problems it has had in the last 18 months. "The team has become strong at the beginning of the season, ten months ago when it was not possible to sign and it was not sold in the summer but in January because for Dembélé it was his dream to play in China. In those months he clenched his teeth and worked hard. That shows the team's character and how competitive it is but also how fine the line between success and failure is. All those positive things could have been twisted by a simple or miniscule detail, if the VAR says it is not out of the game (the goal of Manchester City in the fourth round) we would be out, all this would not have existed. If at the last moment we did not score that goal at Ajax, today another coach would be talking. See how unfair we are when we analyze. Now we are not phenomena, nor the best in the world for what happened, "he insisted.
He took the opportunity to praise his rival and his colleague on the red bench. «Liverpool have a fantastic team. It is with the City is the best team in England. Merit must be given to Jurgen Klopp and its players. For me Jurgen is a very successful coach. He is spontaneous, natural and a winner but has had some bad luck in the finals. The most difficult thing is to reach the final of the Champions League. We like to win and we are going to try it. It has been an incredible journey, we have enjoyed a lot in this process. I feel proud because these players were willing to work and any proposals that we made. When there is stress, all players put the autopilot to feel safe, and more when there are millions of people watching the final. morning you have to play like when you're a kid, do not think that you are seeing millions of people, feel like a team. Once you reach the end of what is at stake is to win it, "he insisted.
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