Mauricio Pochettino sacking shows Tottenham Hotspur never truly recovered from Champions League Final loss to Liverpool in Madrid

Mauricio Pochettino sacking shows Tottenham Hotspur never truly recovered from Champions League Final loss to Liverpool in Madrid





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Tottenham’s sacking of head coach Mauricio Pochettino illustrates what many observers have been saying since the opening weeks of the new season in August.

That Spurs haven’t – and may be unable to – kick on from losing a Champions League final in the way that Liverpool did 12 months earlier.

Pochettino’s side lined up against Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds on the 1st June with a chance to become champions of Europe for the first time but, perhaps, just as importantly secure a first piece silverware under the Argentine coach after five years in charge.

As we all know, early and late goals from Mohamed Salah (pen) and Divock Origi ensured the European Cup was coming back to Anfield for a sixth time but how Spurs recovered and moved forward from the loss was always going to be intriguing.

Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino walk off dejected following the Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool on June 01, 2019

Pochettino, rather curiously, suggested in the build-up to the final that he may leave even if Spurs won the cup and alluded that he may have taken the Cockerels as far as he could, comments that some people wondered in the aftermath of Madrid may come back to haunt him.

And sure enough, Spurs have endured a disappointing start to 2019/20, currently sitting 14th in the Premier League table having only won three of the opening 12 league matches, suffering an embarrassing Carabao Cup exit to Colchester United and being humiliated 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The week before that loss to the Germans at the beginning of October, Pochettino revealed that he is still suffering from what happened in the Madrid final.

 

“It was made even bigger because it was the Champions League.

“To achieve the final of the Champions League with Tottenham – no-one expected that. It was more than a dream.

“Football for me is about the glory. There is nothing more important than the glory.

“When you win, how you feel…there is not another thing you can find like it. Of course I am suffering.”

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (right) congratulates Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the final whistle after the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (right) congratulates Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the final whistle after the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.

While back in July, he told the Independent he didn’t leave his house for ten days such was the devastation he felt.

“I spent 10 days in my house and didn’t want to go out. It was so tough because we nearly touched glory”, he said.

“I tried to play golf after a few days — not to play, to swing. I was focused with my son to try to hit the ball perfectly but it was impossible.

“My family tried to lift me, but they were in the same situation as me. Then I started to move on.”

Following his sacking tonight, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who appointed Pochettino in June 2014, said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board have taken lightly, nor in haste.

“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

“It falls on the board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the club’s best interests.”

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Liverpool legend and tv pundit Jamie Carragher tweeted: “I said a few weeks ago I felt this project had ran its course, I thought there would be a change at the end of the season with either the manager or players changing.

“Pochettino has been a brilliant manager for Spurs & will be back in the PL sooner rather than later!”