Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that he has no regrets about starting Harry Kane in the Champions League final and that he would make the same decision if he could go back in time.
Kane had been injured for a number of months and had not played any competitive football leading up to the final against Liverpool.
The likes of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura stepped up and delivered the goods in the striker’s absence and were instrumental in getting Tottenham to the final in Madrid.
However, Pochettino decided to leave Moura out at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and started with the England captain instead.
The decision came in for plenty of criticism after Spurs lost the final 2-0 as Kane looked off the pace during the match.
When asked if he had regrets over the decision, Pochettino told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (as relayed by Football.London): “The decision, you cannot go back, but for sure, if you put me in the same situation, I would take the same decision again. You cannot doubt Harry Kane.
“Harry Kane was our main striker, he was the best player, not only in Tottenham, but in Europe. When he’s fit to play, you cannot have doubt.”
The Argentine also admitted that he is using his time off to review his ideas and philosophy so that he can constantly evolve and stay ahead of the competition.
He added: “We are learning and working a lot, reviewing all of our ideas, our philosophy, principles, leadership, how you need to lead people – that is the key.
“You are going to manage 50-60 people, and circumstances in football are changing, you need to evolve, try to be better, you need to understand that you need to improve to try and provide a better platform to your players.”
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