Pochettino speaks on difference between Spurs and PSG Champions League runs

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that the Champions League situation he is currently experiencing at PSG is very different to the one he lived at Tottenham.

The Argentine led Spurs to an unlikely Champions League Final in 2019, beating the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Man City and Ajax along the way to the Madrid climax.

This run included late dramatics in the quarters and semis against City and Ajax, with a late VAR call ruling out a Sterling winner and a Lucas Moura masterclass in Amsterdam.

Unfortunately, the Lilywhites lost out in the final against Liverpool and Pochettino was sacked not long after, eventually taking the helm at his former club, PSG.

The Paris-based club were in the final last season against Bayern Munich but fell just short, although PSG have already qualified for the semi-finals again this year under Poch.

In an interview with BT Sport, Pochettino revealed that the situation is different to his time at Spurs because PSG have been so dominant in their domestic league for the past decade and people now expect them to go a step further in Europe.

He said (BT Sport): “They [PSG] were very close last season playing the final, but it was completely different Champions League we were living before when we arrived with Tottenham against Liverpool, it was completely different.

“Of course, Paris is a team where the people are dreaming about the Champions League. But to win the Champions League is not the only dream, PSG in the last 10 years is dominant completely in domestic competition.

“In this situation after more than one year we are living in a very difficult time in life, in football it’s the same.”

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