Guillem Balague reveals how close Pochettino came to Spurs exit

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Mauricio Pochettino
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Tottenham Hotspur came one step to winning a first Champions League title last season but were pipped to the crown by Premier League rivals Liverpool.

The match in Madrid in early June was hardly a classic with both sides playing considerably below their usual level; unfortunately for Spurs, the early penalty awarded against them proved to be pivotal and they rarely threatened Alisson’s goal.

Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino considered quitting as Tottenham Hotspur boss during the summer.

Pochettino guided Spurs into the final of European football’s most prestigious club competition without spending a penny in two of the previous transfer windows which was a remarkable feat.

The Argentine hinted ahead of the final that he may have departed North London if they lift the trophy (Guardian).

Instead, Pochettino remained at the club and despite suffering a difficult start to the new campaign he insisted before the defeat to Brighton that he will not walk away and could be here for five more years (Sky Sports).

He wrote on BBC Sport: “The easy thing for Pochettino to do would be to clear his desk and wave an emotional goodbye to north London. He considered that during the summer and, had he left, would have had nothing to apologise for.

“He has taken Spurs and its fans into a land they could only have dreamed of and has done it by building a team that has played some of the most exhilarating football seen anywhere in the world. But that is not where his mind is now.”

Opinion

Tottenham Hotspur could be in a far worse place if Mauricio Pochettino was not the manager. 

Whoever is in charge would have to work under a restricted budget imposed by Daniel Levy compared to other top six clubs – the European journey he gave us will live in the memory for many a year.

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