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Pochettino labels Liverpool favourite theory as ‘garbage’

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Mauricio Pochettino dismissed theories on Liverpool’s greater experience over Tottenham as “garbage” ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.

Pochettino will lead his Spurs players out onto Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano for the club’s first-ever Champions League final.

Unfortunately, though, the London club have seen their chances of European glory already written off due to Liverpool’s greater experience.

The Reds are taking part in their second final in a row, which the likes of star centre-back Virgil van Dijk feel could give them a critical edge over Spurs.

Furthermore, it’s been pointed out Spurs have lost four of their last six matches against Liverpool with two of them ending in 2-1 defeats during this season’s Premier League.

Speaking in a pre-match conference, however, head coach Pochettino rubbished these absurd theories.

“There are different theories and all of those theories, it’s like we have two garbage cans,” said Pochettino, as quoted by Football London.

“Those who think experience counts and you have Tottenham on the other. It will come down to quality and footballers will decide who wins. We will have less influence.

“Three weeks ago we had a greater influence in preparing them but as we get closer to the match our influence lessens.”

He added: “You cannot prepare the same way for a Champions League final. The focus and the concentration is going to be different.

“The most important thing is to set your standard for the future. It can only make yourself and the team better. The players are all focused on the competition and they will express themselves how you prepare.”

The Argentine coach has included Harry Kane in the squad for the final. However, he wouldn’t budge on whether the striker will start in Madrid after being sidelined since April 9 due to an ankle injury.

“It’s normal that you’re asking me,” said Pochettino on Kane.

“It’s difficult to put yourself in my place. It’s not going to be easy to take a decision tomorrow and every game you need to take a decision.

“Tomorrow we will have all the information and we will take the best decision to try to win.”

The Spurs and Liverpool Champions League final will begin at 21:00 (CET).

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 31: Tottenham Hotspur players warm up during the Tottenham Hotspur training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final against Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 31, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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