Pochettino opens up on the two biggest disappointments in his football career

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Dom Le Roy

Pochettino has already achieved so much in his career at Tottenham, as well as not being a bad defender back in his playing days too.

However, despite deserving something to show for his efforts and talent, Poch’s career has not been lavished with silverware as of yet.

The Spurs manager has opened up this week on the two biggest disappointments in his footballing career so far, with one coming in his playing days and one as a gaffer.

Poch first names the time Argentina were knocked out in the group stages of the World Cup despite being one of the favourites to lift the iconic trophy.

This came after a certain Michael Owen seemed to go down a little easily for a penalty against Argentina, with Pochettino being the tackling defender.

Unsurprisingly, the 2019 Champions League Final partners this heartbreaking moment for Poch, with Spurs falling one game short of the prestigious title.

Despite the fact that Tottenham achieved so much in getting to the final in the first place, coming so close and failing to make the final step is somehow even harder to live with.

When asked why he had not been his usual happy self of late, Poch said (Football London): “It’s not like this. I’ll explain why, in football, I suffered two big disappointments. One when I was a player and there was that penalty at the World Cup.

“It was always my dream to play in a World Cup, my massive dream. Then we played three games and went home – when we were a candidate to win.

“For three or four years we were unbeaten. We didn’t lose and we arrived in a circumstance that was the worse and we were out in the group stages. I stayed at home and didn’t go out for 10 days.

“Then the day was with Tottenham, looking to win a trophy and the closest to win was, of course, the Champions League and it was made even bigger because it was the Champions League.

“To achieve the final of the Champions League with Tottenham – no-one expected that. It was more than a dream. In that moment I felt disappointed and then I took a train after the game to Barcelona and again you are depressed.

“You expect (clicks his fingers) because in your mind after a week you move on and say ‘I want to be there again’ and when, sometimes, we have some disagreements [inside the club], of course, you cannot be happy. You cannot be happy.

“But I am happy now because I am positive and of course this season is going to be another massive challenge to change the game and have that energy to try to be contenders and try again to fight for big things and I’m going to try until the end.”

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