‘We were so upset’ – Pochettino opens up on trophy regret and his Spurs exit

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In modern-day football, rarely do you see a set of fans feeling such a connection to a manager than Spurs supporters did with Mauricio Pochettino.

One could hear the Argentine’s name being sung in every match, both home and away, during his five and a half years at the club.

Pochettino may not have managed to get over the line and win titles but he helped to transform the Spurs team and gave fans memories that they will never forget.

Even a year after the 48-year-old left, some Tottenham fans still do not seem to have gotten over the sacking, which demonstrates the love they had and still have for him.

Pochettino has now opened up on his regret at failing to finish the job at Spurs and guiding the team to trophies.

When asked about coming close to winning major honours, the former Spurs boss told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (as relayed by Football.London): “The second [second-place finish, they were closest to winning trophy]. We were watching the Stoke City game and then the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ against Chelsea what everyone remembers.

“We had some problems from the beginning of the season, so we were a little bit late, but then we were not consistent enough to challenge Leicester really for the title.

“[The following season] that was when Chelsea won the league. Every single season is so different, you can improve, but sometimes teams improve more than you. We were consistent and improving with the points, but not enough to win the Premier League.”

Pochettino also admitted that he was proud of the job he did during his five and a half years in North London.

When asked if he was upset by his exit from Spurs, he said: “It was a shame. We were so upset when some people say bad things about the Spurs mentality. We were really upset because… but then we understood what it means for Tottenham.

“When we arrived, there was a 22-year period behind Arsenal, that was so painful for our fans and for the whole club. That was like people in the street would stop us and say, ‘Please’.

“The club was so brave, Daniel [Levy] was so brave to start to build a new stadium, which today I think is the best in England, maybe in Europe.”

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