Klopp and Pochettino are incredible managers – Southgate

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur speaks with Jurgen Klopp prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Gareth Southgate has praised the achievements of both Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino after guiding their teams to the Champions League final.

Spurs overcame a resilient Ajax team 3-2 to qualify (3-3) on aggregate thanks to Lucas Moura’s hat-trick, barely 24 hours after Liverpool thumped Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to progress 4-3 on aggregate.

That ensured an all English affair in the final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.

And Three Lions manager Southgate was delighted English players will battle it out for the biggest prize in European football.

“I was at Manchester City [for Monday night’s 1-0 win over Leicester] on Monday and I thought that was an incredible twist in itself,” Southgate told Sky Sports News.

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“I was then at Anfield on Tuesday and left there thinking I’d seen one of the most incredible nights I can remember having spent 30 years in football. For it then to be backed up by Tottenham on Wednesday was phenomenal.

“Huge credit to both managers. In different circumstances, they have achieved incredible seasons.

“From an England perspective it is brilliant they are having these experiences in big matches where they are having to play under pressure – and they have come out successfully.”

Both managers will be fighting to win their first silverware for their respective clubs, Klopp’s Liverpool are favourites having won the competition five times with the manager making his third appearance in the final.


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