Jan Vertonghen has credited Mauricio Pochettino’s hard work for Tottenham’s incredible run to the Champions League final.
Upon his arrival in 2014 from Southampton, Pochettino has led Spurs to four successive Premier League top-four finishes.
The Argentine coach’s greatest feat, however, came this season upon leading the cash-strapped Spurs to their first-ever Champions League final.
The north Londoners survived a tricky Group B that consisted of Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven.
They then eliminated Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax in the knockout stages to seal a spot in Saturday’s final in Madrid.
The last two ties, in particular, have been nerve-wracking with Spurs progressing on away goals alone against City and Ajax.
“Five years ago he [Pochettino] picked this club up and brought us to the level we are at now,” said Vertonghen, according to Yahoo.
“He’s done some unbelievable work. We have a great group of players, lots of young guys from the academy, lots of English internationals and guys from abroad who have a proper connection with the club now.
“All the guys together, here for so long with the manager, it’s got us to this level. This is what we all hoped for.”
Pochettino’s achievement is even more impressive considering Spurs didn’t spend a single cent on new signings in the past two transfer windows.
“It’s been the craziest Champions League ever and being at the end of that crazy campaign now is something unbelievable,” continued Vertonghen.
“I think every player has been used. We all played our part and, hopefully, we can hold the trophy at the end.
“How many games have we played to get here eventually? Twelve games? In every single one of them something crazy happened. There were like 16 times, maybe.
“At the end of my career, I’ll hopefully look at this and think this was the most beautiful and craziest year of them all.
“I don’t know about destiny. We have to win it, if it is to be destiny. But we feel very confident because of our campaign.”
Pochettino has included Harry Kane in his squad for the Champions League final this weekend. Although it remains unclear whether the striker will start in Spain considering he’s been out of action since April 9.