Tottenham Hotspur were in unchartered territory in the Champions League semi-finals against Ajax, but they are now well and truly off the map.
Spurs came from 3-0 down at half-time in Amsterdam to clinch qualification for the final with a Lucas Moura second 45 hat-trick.
Of course, Spurs have never reached a Champions League final before, or experience the pressure and emotion that comes with battling for the biggest prize in club football.
Liverpool know this only too well, as they played in last season’s CL final against Real Madrid, losing the match on the day to two incredible Gareth Bale strikes.
Pochettino has now revealed that he has been training his squad in dealing with the emotion of such an occasion, as he believes this will be a key area in the match.
He will be hoping that those with big final experiences like Hugo Lloris, Davinson Sanchez, and Toby Alderweireld can step up and lead the side.
Poch said this on emotion (Football London): “That is one of the areas we prepared the most. We prepare some strategy in this area to work, like tactical and physical but it is about emotion. We designed some strategy to work every single day about that. Football is a context of emotion. After five years I tell you the same. The final is going to be decisive, not a battle of Pochettino vs Klopp, or a tactical battle, it will be about the emotion and that will be decisive. Whoever manages better the emotional area is going to be close to win.”
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