Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that the Champions League final between Liverpool and Spurs will be decided based on emotions, rather than tactics.
Both Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp have received a lot of praise for the way they have improved their respective clubs but neither manager has managed to win a trophy during their time in English football.
The final represents a great opportunity to one of the two to break their duck by landing the biggest prize in European football.
However, Pochettino insisted that there will be very few surprises in store for both teams as they know each other well.
Speaking to at the Bilbao International Football Summit via videolink on May 23rd at 15:45, the 47-year-old said as quoted by Marca: “It’s impossible to say that it’s just another game.
“The great thing is that we’re going to have three weeks to enjoy it; we’re experiencing unique moments.
“Everyone is expecting a tactical battle, but emotions will be the deciding factor.
“We’re two teams that know each other well; no tactics are going to be a surprise. The emotional side is going to be fundamental.”
The Argentine was also optimistic about Harry Kane’s chances of being able to feature in the game.
Pochettino said that the England captain, who has been out of action since the ankle injury he sustained in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Manchester City, is recovering well.
He added, “Kane is training, he’s in a good phase of recovery.
“We hope he’s there to help whether that’s from the start, off the bench or as moral support in the dressing room.
“We’re optimistic that he can be there to help on the pitch.”
Spurs Web Opinion
We find it unbelievable that some fans actually want Kane to start from the bench. Even if he is at 70-80%, we believe he has to start in the final.
The game will be decided by one or two moments of quality and Kane is one of the players capable of scoring a goal out of nothing. One of either Son Heung-Min or Lucas Moura has to miss out.
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