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Pochettino: I may have left had Spurs won Champions League

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Champions League success last month might’ve prompted him to leave Tottenham.

Pochettino’s impressive progress in the last five years at Spurs has earned him plenty of plaudits. He’s, in fact, widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the business, and even turned down Real Madrid.

The Argentine’s profile only grew last season after leading a cash-strapped Spurs to their first-ever Champions League final despite not making a single signing. They even pipped Arsenal and Manchester United to the final Premier League top-four spot.

And Pochettino¬†soon prompted further doubts over his future by suggesting he may have to do “something different” should Spurs win the final.

But the Londoners instead fell to a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in last month’s final. Pochettino, on the other hand, was heavily criticised on for starting a recently returned Harry Kane from injury.

“When you touch the glory, you behave differently, the players behave differently, the challenge becomes different,” said Pochettino, according to BBC.

“If the result had been different, maybe you can think it is a moment to step out of the club and give it a possibility for a real new chapter with a new coaching staff.

“But, to finish like this? I am not a person who won’t face problems or avoids difficult situations.”

When pointed out that many coaches would’ve stayed put had they won the Champions League, Pochettino said: “I agree with you.

“But I know Tottenham. It is not the same as another club.

“Myself and the coaching staff are not the same, no better or worse, just different. That is a normal mindset but we are getting results with ours.”

Pochettino and Spurs are currently preparing for Sunday’s International Champions Cup (ICC) opener against Juventus in Singapore.

Playmaker Christian Eriksen (groin) and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (tonsillitis) are doubts, while Paris Saint-Germain target Danny Rose has remained in north London.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Mauricio Pochettino manager of Tottenham Hotspur before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on February 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)