It has been two weeks since Tottenham achieved the seemingly impossible in Amsterdam, booking their place in the Champions League final for the first ever time.
Spurs were 3-0 down on aggregate at half-time in the semi-final second leg, looking down and out in the competition after an impressive run.
However, after Lucas Moura scored two goals in four minutes a little way into the second 45, Spurs suddenly had hope from nowhere, and Ajax had nerves.
Despite a rallying effort, it seemed as if Spurs would come up just a little short as the game ticked into injury time, until Lucas Moura swept home a 96th-minute winner to send Tottenham into dreamland.
Even though only five minutes were added on at the end, the game still played on for another minute or so after the Spurs goal, and Pochettino has now revealed that he wanted to kill himself during that time.
He said (talkSPORT): “We’ve worked so hard and we have shared a lot of tough moments, so when you achieve something that nobody believed was possible, it is very emotional.
“And, of course, we know how hard we work to reach this level, which is why it is difficult to keep your emotions inside.
“When Lucas Moura scored that third goal, in this moment I lost my head, I lost my composure and I nearly regretted it.
“When the referee said ‘one minute more’ I wanted to kill myself!
“We were celebrating before we finished the game and in that moment we realised what a big mistake we were making because we jumped and ran inside the pitch and we believed the game was finished.
“But then we needed to defend again for one minute. It was the longest minute of my life.
“The best memory is when we finished, it was amazing – a big hug with my people, my son, the players, the staff. It’s an amazing memory.
“We got back to the lodge at Tottenham, were sitting on the sofa, watching the repeat of the match and we opened a bottle of Argentinian red wine.
“It was 3 o’clock that we arrived at the lodge and it was difficult to go to sleep because we were still in disbelief over what had happened a few hours before.”
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I think we can all relate to Pochettino’s emotions here. I remember sprinting around the living room and screaming after we scored, assuming that the final whistle would go as soon as play resumed. However, I was left in bits for another minute as Ajax desperately tried to hoist the ball into the Tottenham box in search of an even later goal. Luckily, Spurs held on, otherwise it would have gone down as the worst footballing experience of my life.
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