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What Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham stars ahead of Liverpool Champions League tie

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What Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham stars ahead of Liverpool Champions League tie

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The Spurs boss believes that it would be a “massive example for football” if a side that had been built slowly from nothing without the huge resources of the biggest clubs in Europe were crowned champions.

And it would keep alive the idea that there are other ways to achieve success without buying it.

“No-one expected from the beginning of the season that Tottenham was going to be in the final of the Champions League,” he said.

“If you win with Manchester City or Manchester United or another team, people assume that these projects are all based in money and if you spend a lot, you should – or you must – win.

“To win a title with a different project like the one we have at Tottenham, of course means the satisfaction is more.

“At Tottenham, no-one expects anything.

“So if you build something special, it is going to be forever remembered, no?

“It’s like, if for instance we win the Champions League, it’s going to be massive example for football, one I think will last forever.”

Harry Kane trained in the Wanda Metropolitano stadium with the rest of the squad and seemed untroubled by the ankle ligament damage that has kept him out of action since the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City.

However, Pochettino was being very coy about whether he would chance, insisting he would leave it till this morning to make what he described as a “painful” final decision.

“We have one more training session and then we are ready to decide,” he said last night.

“It’s normal that you are asking me and it’s not going to be easy to take a decision tomorrow. But it was difficult the last game we played – the semi-finals, quarter-finals, the last 16.

“Every single game you need to take a decision. Tomorrow is going to be another decision, and it will be a decision we will have every single detail and piece of information for because it is a decision we are going to take to win…

“Like always in football it is so painful when games like this arrive and from the beginning you can only use 11 players.”

Whichever way Pochettino goes, the odds are still very much against Tottenham, who finished 26 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League last season. But having been on the brink of exiting the competition at numerous times during the campaign, Pochettino is not worried by an “underdog” tag.

“I believe in destiny,” he said. “But when you create your destiny with your behaviour, by working hard, by believing and having faith.

“I don’t believe in the destiny where you sit there and waiting for something to happen

If you’re natural, spontaneous, and genuine in all that you do, you create your destiny in some way or another.”

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