Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I May Have Quit If We Had Won European Cup; but Pochettino Fully Focused on Rebuilding Spurs after Failing to 'Touch Glory' in Madrid

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I May Have Quit If We Had Won European Cup; but Pochettino Fully Focused on Rebuilding Spurs after Failing to 'Touch Glory' in Madrid

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Byline: Dan Kilpatrick in Singapore

MAURICIO POCHETTINO has confirmed he would have considered quitting Tottenham if they had won the Champions League last season.

On the eve of the club's win at Ajax in the semi-final second leg, Pochettino revealed he would "think about doing something different" if he guided Spurs to a first European Cup.

They went on to lose 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 to extend their wait for a trophy under Pochettino, who was repeatedly linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid last campaign, despite signing a five-year deal worth PS8.5million per season in May 2018.

Asked if he had considered his own future over the summer, Pochettino said: "Of course it's always in your head. You never know. With the way I am, I am always going to prioritise the club over myself. Maybe if it was a different result after the final you can think, 'Okay, maybe this is a moment to leave the club and give them the possibility of a real new chapter with a new coaching staff.

"But after the final, I felt this was not great to finish like this. I'm not a person who avoids facing problems or a difficult situation. I am more on the [other] side: I love a massive challenge and now [we must] rebuild that mentality to make it possible to repeat a similar season. That is exciting and motivates me a lot."

Asked if his decision would have been different had Spurs won, Pochettino continued: "For sure, for sure. When you touch the glory, you behave and feel differently, the players feel different and the challenge becomes different."

Told that many managers would see winning the Champions League as an opportunity to build, he added: "I know Tottenham and Tottenham is not the same as other clubs and myself and the coaching staff are not the same as other coaching staffs. No better, no worse -- we are different. …

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