Our emotions! Pochettino warns klopp says Champions League final will be about more than tactics
Tottenham boss Pochettino says the more organised team will win in the fight of two sides who are very accustomed with one another
According to him, the emotion, not tactics, will decide the upcoming Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Pochettino’s will for the first time face Liverpool in their first Champions League final appearance.
The game will see a clash of two of the Premier League’s best, with Liverpool ending 2nd to Man City while 4th place Spurs ended behind Europa League finalist Chelsea.
With this, the both teams who have faced each other under the same manager for more than five times are very familiar for sure.
However, the Argentine insists the similarity isn’t relevant for the final.
“It’s impossible to say that it’s just another game,” Pochettino said at the Bilbao International Football Summit.
“The great thing is that we’re going to have three weeks to enjoy it; we’re experiencing unique moments.
“Everyone is expecting a tactical battle, but emotions will be the deciding factor. We’re two teams that know each other well, so no tactics are going to be a surprise. The emotional side is going to be fundamental.”
Liverpool had last year, lost the final to Real Madrid having the likes of Loris Karius and a Gareth Bale wondergoal, ending their hopes of a shock victory.
This year, many see the Reds as the favourites, and Pochettino says his side will play the underdog, even if they fully deserve to be where they are now.
“Maybe Liverpool are favourites because they were in the final last year and they’ve fought for the [Premier League title] until the end. They’ve invested heavily to win either the Premier League or the Champions League in the last few years.
“No one expected Tottenham to be able to get to a final, but we’re here on our own merit. This makes it more amazing and you enjoy it in a different way.
“We can make history. Obviously, you play a final to win it and we’re preparing to win it