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Wenger claims ‘very average’ Liverpool won UCL final because Spurs lacked belief

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reckons Spurs could have beaten ‘very average’ Liverpool in the Champions League final had Mauricio Pochettino’s side believed in themselves a bit more.

Liverpool beat Spurs 2-0 in the showpiece event in Madrid, courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi, to claim their sixth European crown.

However, Pochettino’s side had the lions share of possession and had more efforts on goal across 90 minutes of football that was sadly lacking in real quality.

Wenger thinks Spurs had a real chance to get something from the game, but seemed to lack the mentality required to win the match.

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“At the end of the day the game was decided by two set pieces,” Wenger told BEIN Sports.

“I personally believe it was a very, very average Liverpool, and that there was more in this game for Tottenham. They lacked a bit of killer instinct, and I felt it was more linked with the psychological side than the real quality.

“I felt like they believed but without really 100 percent believing, Tottenham tonight.”

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