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Pochettino admits it will be ‘difficult to recover’ from Champions League final defeat

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits it is ‘difficult’ to recover from the club’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

Spurs reached the final of Europe’s premier competition for the first time after a memorable run in the competition last season, though the club suffered heartbreak following a 2-0 defeat to their Premier League rivals in the Madrid showpiece.

Pochettino admits the loss culminated in the Argentine having a ‘bad summer,’ with the 47-year-old admitting he struggled to overcome the disappointment of final defeat.

“Did I have a bad summer? Yes very bad,” Pochettino said ahead of Spurs pre-season friendly against Real Madrid.

“For me the only one I can compare it with is the summer of 2002 when I played for Argentina at the World Cup and we finished below Sweden and England in our group.”

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Pochettino has revealed he ‘didn’t want to go out’ for ten days following the defeat, and admits bouncing back will be difficult following the energy and effort used in reaching the final.

“It’s been difficult. We had the most unbelievable time before the final,” he added

“The three weeks to prepare were unbelievable then we were massively disappointed in the way we lost.

“Then I needed to go home. I took a train from Madrid to Barcelona the day after. I spent ten days in my home and didn’t want to go out.

“All the effort we made to get to the final was unbelievable.

“I didn’t want to go out”

“But you want to win and when you don’t it’s massive because you know how tough it is to get there again next season, to find the energy to try to win. That is why it is difficult to recover.”

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