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Pochettino admits picking his team to face Liverpool will be ‘painful.’

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that picking his starting XI for tonights Champions League final against Liverpool will be ‘painful.’

The Argentine coach faces a dilemma over whether to start star striker Harry Kane, who has not played since 20 April, when he suffered an ankle injury during the 1-0 quarter-final win over Man City.

However, the England skipper has declared himself fit ahead of the showpiece event in Madrid, and if he does start it could mean either semi-final hero Lucas Moura or South Korean attacker Son Heung-min dropping to the bench.

With centre-back Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Harry Winks having also regained fitness, Pochettino admits picking a team to face Jurgen Klopp’s side will be far from easy.

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“It’s difficult, you need to take a decision and tomorrow is another decision. We have all the information, we will use every detail to try to win,” Pochettino told his pre-match press conference.

“You can use only 11 players from the beginning – that is the most painful situation.

“The whole squad will be on the pitch before the game tomorrow.

“Tomorrow is to show togetherness. Tomorrow will show football is a collective sport, the energy even from the players who do not play in the dressing room will be decisive.

“Respect must be massive for the players who are going to be selected. It is always a tough decision but it’s part of my job.”

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