Tottenham Hotspur defied the odds to reach the finals of the Champions League last season despite being written off throughout the tournament. However, the final ended in heartbreak as Liverpool overcame Spurs 2-0 courtesy of an early penalty and another late goal.
After the loss, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was said to be contemplating his Spurs future and there were suggestions that he could quit Spurs to take up a new challenge (The Guardian).
Pochettino seemed to confirm those rumours two days ago when he suggested that he might have walked away from the club if Spurs had become European champions (Football London).
However, the 47-year-old has now claimed that his comments have been misunderstood and that he merely said that he would have thought about his future had Spurs been victorious against Liverpool.
Speaking during the post-match press conference after Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup, Pochettino told Football.London, “You lose the final and I was misunderstood – I never said I was going to leave.
“I was asked ‘maybe you are going to think?’ Yes maybe. Maybe is not sure I am going to leave. Tottenham is a massive challenge.
“With all the circumstances we are fighting with the best clubs, it pushes you to be better and creative and to push yourself and to find ideas from inside yourself.
“It’s a massive challenge but I cannot manage the perception of the people or from the club. The coaching staff, sometimes we are crazy. Sometimes our ideas match the clubs, sometimes not, but it’s most important that I am going to be happy with the team that the club and Daniel provides me, of course.”
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While Tottenham might not be able to offer Pochettino the same resources as the likes of Manchester City or Real Madrid, it is clear that Pochettino enjoys the challenge of competing against sides with more resources. His footballing values make him a perfect fit for a club like Spurs.
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