Jose Mourinho believes Mauricio Pochettino’s tearful reaction after Tottenham’s sensational Champions League comeback win against Ajax shows just how much managers care.
A Lucas Moura hat-trick during the second half enabled Pochettino’s side to come back from three goals down on aggregate to win their semi-final tie in Amsterdam on away goals after finishing 3-3.
It will mark the first time Spurs have reached the Champions League final, with fellow English side Liverpool awaiting them in Madrid on June 1.
Afterwards, an emotional Pochettino was unable to hold back his tears which Mourinho reckons is a sign of just how much managers do care.
“Sometimes the fans don’t know how we feel, what it matters to us and the people that love us,” the ex-Manchester United boss told beIN SPORTS.
“They don’t know. Sometimes the football fans think they care more than us, they think it’s just them.
“[Fans think:] ‘Win a big match and enjoy, lose a match and go sad but tomorrow is another day.’ Sometimes they don’t know what we are like behind the scenes.
“[Coaches] are normally a very lonely person, in that football consumes a lot.
“It [Pochettino’s tears] is a very beautiful way to show the world that for us managers, it means much more than for the ordinary fan, in defeat and in victory too.”
The Portuguese also believes that Pochettino deserves silverware this season along with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
“I will be in trouble in the final because I like Mauricio and Jurgen very, very much and I think they both deserve to win a trophy!’ said Mourinho.
After leading FC Porto and Inter Milan to Champions League glory in the past, Mourinho offered some tips on how to succeed in Europe.
He added: “You have to read the battle, to read your soldiers and their qualities.
“Football is to have fun but football is about winning.”