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Pochettino proud of Spurs despite Champions League final defeat

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking at the bigger picture after his side lost the Champions League final to Liverpool.

Spurs were playing in Europe's biggest club game for the first time in their history, but went down 2-0 to their Premier League rivals in Madrid.

They will have a definite sense of regret as such an opportunity to win the Champions League may never come around again, with Spurs arguably the better team for much of the game.

But Pochettino, who refused to be drawn on his future, was keen to reflect on a season where they produced their best-ever European Cup run, booked a fourth successive top-four spot in the Premier League and moved into their new stadium.

"Now it's impossible to talk and we will all be very disappointed," he said.

"The season was fantastic. We need to feel proud. I feel so proud of all the players, the fans and the club.

"We can't give the last moment, the last game of the season, a massive reward for our fans.

"It was a final and we've spoken in the past that a final is to win, not just to play well. It's about the details.

"It's so painful but at the same time we need to be calm in the way that we talk and analyse things because the season was fantastic and we need to feel proud - to finish in the top four and play in the Champions League final for the first time in the history of the club."


Pochettino confident over Alli's Champions League fitness

Alli has three weeks to prove his fitness for the Champions League final against Liverpool. Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino does not think Dele Alli is in danger of missing the Champions League final despite being substituted against Everton.

The England international was brought off at half-time during the final Premier League game of the season, but Pochettino says it was just a precaution.

With injuries decimating Spurs' squad in midfield and attack, Alli has been made to play every game in recent weeks and has looked leggy at times.

Alli, who will now have two days off to rest, will be assessed as preparations for the biggest game in the club's history against Liverpool on June 1 begin in earnest.

Pochettino said: "He didn't start in the warm-up, he was feeling strange and then his performance was very poor in the first half because he can't cope with the situation.

"So because of caution, he was out. I think it is not a problem. We need to assess him, but I think he was tired, but for the circumstance again we played with him.

"I think in a normal condition he was for sure not starting the game, but we started with him and, before that problem starts something, at half-time we made the change."

The 2-2 draw against the Toffees ensured a fourth consecutive top-four Premier League finish and a third successive year finishing above Arsenal in the table.

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