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Liverpool reduced Pochettino to tears after Champions League final

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final last season reduced him to tears.

Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham in November after a poor start to the Premier League season despite guiding the Londoners to the showdown against Liverpool in Madrid.

An early penalty from Mohamed Salah and late Divock Origi strike secured the title for Jurgen Klopp and his team and the Argentine admitted it was difficult to accept the result.

"I was convinced that the final was going to go our way," he said. "That was completely in our minds. But nobody is prepared after 30 seconds of the Champions League final to concede like that.

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"The goal changed the whole game, all the emotions.

"It is difficult to prepare a team for that happening. We were much better than Liverpool. We were unlucky that we didn’t score.

"Maybe we deserved a better result, but in the end, finals are about winning, about the title.

"Not about to deserve or not to deserve.

"Who wins has won. When you lose, a lot of people can have different ideas, but if you win, no one analyses why you win. You have the victory."

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Pochettino was speaking to the media for the first time since his dismissal and recalled his immediate reaction to the loss in Spain.

"I was so disappointed," he added.

"It was difficult to stop crying, to stop feeling bad. You can use the example of Liverpool after they lost to Real Madrid the season before. That was a massive motivation and inspiration.

"But I knew after five years — with the way we were working and all the things that happened — it was going to be difficult."

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