Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the atmosphere for the first leg of Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League quarter-final clash Manchester City in 2019 is one of the best he has experienced in his career.
The game against City was Tottenham’s first European encounter at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs ended up winning the game 1-0 owing to a second-half goal from Son Heung-min and then sealed progression into the semi-finals on away goals after a 4-3 defeat at the Etihad a week later.
The noise in the stadium was deafening when Son netted the winner against Pep Guardiola’s men and the former Tottenham manager admitted that the overall atmosphere was ‘unbelievable’
When asked about the best atmospheres he has experienced, the Argentine told UEFA’s Instagram story (as relayed by HITC): “I think Parc de Princes and then White Hart Lane in the first Champions League game against Manchester City. It was unbelievable.”
Tottenham then went on to beat Ajax in the semi-finals in dramatic fashion to progress to the final that season, eventually coming up short against Liverpool.
Pochettino admitted that the second leg of the semi-finals in Amsterdam was one of his best memories as a manager.
He said: “Plenty, plenty of good memories. When we avoided relegation with Espanyol.
“When we qualify for the final of the Champions League. Those are the two most important in my career.”
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Even though we might have eventually fallen short in the final, that run to Madrid will live long in Tottenham fans’ memories for a long time. Pochettino’s celebrations after our win over City and Ajax clearly demonstrated how much the achievement meant to him.
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