Tottenham Hotspur fans would have been in pieces this time around two weeks ago, as their side qualified for their first ever Champions League final.
All hopes looked to have been extinguished by half time in the semi-final second leg in Amsterdam, as Ajax raced to a 3-0 aggregate lead.
However, continuing with the never-say-die spirit that got them through the match against Man City, Spurs refused to lie down.
Thanks to a second-half hat-trick from Lucas Moura, including a 96th-minute winner, Spurs clinched a spot against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.
I’m sure a great many Spurs supporters broke down in tears come the final whistle, much like the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
However, Poch has now revealed that he cries at absolutely everything, from films and music to all things football, with his own mother labelling him as a blubberer.
When asked how he would react to winning the Champions League, Poch said (Mirror): “My mother says to me, ‘You are a ‘llorona’, which means blubberer, a person who cries often and a lot.
“My mum always says, ‘He’s happy, he cries. He’s sad, he cries. Come on — just stop crying!’.
“Sometimes it happens that I am taking my car to my house – it’s 20 minutes from the training ground to Barnet – and listening to some music and that translates to some moment in my life.
“I start to cry, and when I arrive home my wife says, ‘What happened?’.
“I say, ‘Some music reminded me of a moment 30 years ago in Argentina’, and she will say, ‘You are crazy’.
“Films? Yes, I cry. Everything. If we win the Champions League, I don’t know, maybe I’m going to cry for one week.”
“There were two different feelings mixed in the same moment after the semi-final. Reaching the Champions League final is the end of an amazing chapter for the club. But, at the same time, the moment that you reach the final, it’s like, ‘I want to be involved in the next chapter of the club’.
“Both feelings are with you.
“Managers are people who always need to be ahead and anticipate problems. You always put yourself in five years’ time, 10 years’ time, or tomorrow.
“We need to be ahead of the players, ahead of the fans.
“Our responsibility is to create a project again, to engage everything… and try to achieve something important for the club.
“The fanbase we have deserves that.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I don’t know about everyone else, but I love seeing the Tottenham manager wearing his emotions on his sleeve. I’m not a fan of the whole stiff upper lip style, barely celebrating when the team scores an important goal. Pochettino is passionate and he shows it in just the right levels (apart from when Mike Dean is around).
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