Mauricio Pochettino reckons Champions League glory with the cash-strapped Tottenham will be more satisfying than at Manchester United or Manchester City.
Pochettino wasn’t able to spend even a single cent on new signings for Spurs over the past two transfer windows. This was a result of the club’s heavy investment in the development of their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tonight’s opponents Liverpool had, in comparison, spend a total of €182m on new talent in last summer’s transfer window. While City splashed out €77m to continue their domestic success this season.
However, Pochettino still managed to lead Spurs to a fourth consecutive Premier League top-four finish. And now he has gone one better by taking them to their first-ever Champions League final.
Despite his success in north London, though, the Argentine coach is still to deliver silverware following the lavish spending by Spurs’ rivals in England.
Nonetheless, United were reportedly interested in signing him to replace the fired Jose Mourinho before eventually awarding the full-time manager’s job to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But, for Pochettino, winning in Europe at Spurs would so much more satisfying than with United.
“To win a title in a different project like Tottenham – that means the satisfaction is more,” said Pochettino, according to Yahoo.
“If you win with Manchester City or Manchester United, it’s normal. If you spend a lot of money, you should win or you must win. But at Tottenham, no one expects.
“And if you build something special, it is going to be remembered forever. If we win the Champions League, it’s going to be a massive example for football – I think forever.
“I believe in destiny, but when you create your destiny. I don’t believe in sitting here and waiting for something to happen.
“You create your destiny with your behaviour, with your actions; if you’re natural, spontaneous, genuine in all that you do.”
Pochettino also gave his thoughts on suggestions that his team enter the match as underdogs.
The Spurs and Liverpool Champions League final will begin at 21:00 (CET) in Madrid.