Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham were “much better than Liverpool” in the Champions League final last season and how he was brought to tears by losing in Madrid.
Liverpool (35.4%) became the first side to win the Champions League final despite having less possession than the opposition since Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich in 2010.
Spurs were beaten 2-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool with Mohamed Salah’s penalty after two minutes and a late Divock Origi goal enough to secure victory for the Reds.
Tottenham were widely believed to have been the better of the two sides in the final, and despite being praised for getting so far in the competition, Pochettino has admitted that the defeat hurt deeply.
“I was convinced that the final was going to go our way,” he told the Daily Mail. “That was completely in our minds. But nobody is prepared after 30 seconds of the Champions League final to concede like that.
“The goal changed the whole game, all the emotions.
“It is difficult to prepare a team for that happening. We were much better than Liverpool. We were unlucky that we didn’t score.
“I was so disappointed. It was difficult to stop crying, to stop feeling bad. You can use the example of Liverpool after they lost to Real Madrid the season before. That was a massive motivation and inspiration.
“But I knew after five years — with the way we were working and all the things that happened — it was going to be difficult.”