Pochettino reveals how he picked his players up after Wednesday night glory

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur fans will still be reeling from the sensational and historic win over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter finals on Wednesday.

The game itself will go down in history as one of the greatest ever in the competition, but Tottenham’s qualification will also be in the books as the club’s first ever Champions League semi final.

Spurs will now play Ajax across two legs in the semi for the honour of playing in a Champions League final.

As a result of this crazy mid week match, today’s game against the same opponents in the same ground felt a little like a hollow fixture.

Tottenham played well, considering their injuries and fatigue, but were ultimately edged out by an early Man City goal through young Phil Foden.

Mauricio Pochettino was asked in his post match press conference how he picked his players up from the mentally exhausting win on Wednesday.

He said (Football London): “It was a very emotional game and I think we arrived very late in London. The decision was so important to give the team some fresh legs and good energy. The players that were not involved today was because some reason happened and we didn’t want to take a risk. We didn’t want some players to force and other players maybe were feeling that they wasn’t ready to compete today. I think for both sides, for us and Manchester City, was tough Wednesday. Today both teams we decided to run and fight, but of course mentally both teams weren’t in our best place and that’s why it was an even game and competitive game. Both sides had chances to score and both sides had the possibility to win. In the end Manchester City got the three points and the most important is to translate that feeling, keep fighting and keep working as we have ahead a very decisive period that’s going to say if we are going to be in the top four or the final. The next three games will be decisive for us.”

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