Rewind almost exactly five months and Tottenham were about to play in the biggest match of the club’s recent history, the Champions League Final.
The squad and the fanbase were on a high after Lucas Moura’s semi-final heroics in Amsterdam and they were set to face familiar opponents in Liverpool in the final.
Unfortunately, inside the first minute, Spurs gave away a rather harsh penalty as the ball struck Moussa Sissoko on his chest/arm.
Mo Salah tucked away the spot-kick and that set the tone for the final, with Spurs unable to recover from such a shellshock of a first 60 seconds or so.
While it was and still is a huge achievement for Tottenham to have made it that far in the competition, the loss was a bitter pill to swallow for all involved with the club.
Tottenham now have a chance to exact some revenge in the Premier League at Anfield this weekend and Poch claims it is a good thing that his players are still disappointed with that result.
He said (Football London): “It’s a good thing for us that the players still feel disappointed with the final. In football, you can play another final or play another game but you’ll never play the same game or the same final again. That’s why it’s important for the young players to realise that to give everything every day and then if you lose it’s part of the day and you can never regret.
“In football, it’s more important than in life. In football sometimes we don’t realise that when the day is gone you cannot recover it. It’s so important because you need to build your performance every single day. Today you need to think that you can arrive in the final of the Champions League. You need to be ready, but to be ready for the Champions League final at the end of the season you need to be ready today and care if you work so hard. That’s the most difficult thing.
“If you arrive at the final and you say ‘now I’m going to sleep at 9 pm and eat properly, I’m going to train properly’ but you cannot recover the time you lost and wasted.
“I’m talking generally, what I love is to not regret anything. You lose the final or a game because the opponent is better, but sometimes you have that feeling that because that is the moment to improve and learn. For young players, It’s so important to learn and improve and always give your best every single day because that will build for later when that percentage of luck is on your side because you were working so hard.”
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