Despite there being a lot of problems off the pitch at Spurs last season with a lack of transfers and the delay with the new stadium, it looked like the season was set for a fairytale ending.
The lilywhites managed to qualify for the final of the Champions League against all odds after looking like they were on their way out of the tournament in the group stages.
The quarter-final win against Manchester City as well as the semi-final ties against Ajax were some of the most dramatic encounters in the club’s recent history, and having come through those games, there was a belief among Spurs fans that perhaps Tottenham’s name was on the trophy.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has now admitted that the three weeks leading up to the final was the best time he had at the club.
Speaking during today’s press conference ahead of the club’s first pre-season game against Juventus on Sunday in Singapore, the Argentine told Football.London:”I think the holidays were so tough for myself and difficult to move on after the final.
“I think we spent our best time as a staff sharing those three weeks it was fantastic and how we prepared the final was unbelievable, the happiness, it was the best in five years and it was a shame to finish with a bad feeling, no?”
While the 47-year-old admitted that the disappointment of losing the final hadn’t yet gone away, he claimed that the team is now motivated to put in another fantastic season.
He added: “Still it hurts, still it is tough, but we need to move on. For the first time in the history of Tottenham to get to the final of the Champions League and get so close to winning, but to come up against a great team like Liverpool and then lose the final it’s difficult to accept.
“Now in the last week we start to train and to start to motivate again and of course you look forward to another season but there are a lot of things to talk about, a lot of things to do and we are far away what I think we expect to be”.
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A heartbreak like the one Spurs suffered in the final will take a while to get over considering it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of the players. However, the players will be able to take confidence from making it all the way to the final. Let’s hope that now gives them the belief to go that next step.
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