Mauricio Pochettino makes bold Liverpool claim following Spurs exit

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Mauricio Pochettino
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Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that he was convinced that Tottenham Hotspur would have won the Champions League.

The North Londoners booked their place in the final of European football’s most prestigious club competition for the first time in their history last summer with a dramatic late semi-final victory against Ajax.

It was not the first time in the tournament in which Spurs had battled back from the jaws of defeat and it looked as if the stars were going to align for an historic victory against Liverpool in Madrid.

Reality struck just seconds into the match when all planning for the clash went out of the window during the opening 22 seconds when Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have handled the ball in his own penalty area which Mo Salah converted from twelve yards.

Pochettino has claimed witnessing Liverpool scoring from the spot so early in the final was hard to come back from whilst also revealing that he believed his team were the much better side.

He told the Daily Mail: ‘Very difficult to accept,’

‘I was convinced that the final was going to go our way. That was completely in our minds. But nobody is prepared after 30 seconds of the Champions League final to concede like that.

‘The goal changed the whole game, all the emotions.

‘It is difficult to prepare a team for that happening. We were much better than Liverpool. We were unlucky that we didn’t score.

‘Maybe we deserved a better result, but in the end, finals are about winning, about the title.

‘Not about to deserve or not to deserve.

‘Who wins has won. When you lose, a lot of people can have different ideas, but if you win, no one analyses why you win. You have the victory.’

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