Heartbroken Mauricio Pochettino 'Spent 10 Days In His House' After Champions League Final Defeat
Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he was devastated when Tottenham Hotspur fell short of capturing the Champions League trophy.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi sealed a 2-0 win for Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano and crushed the Spurs boss' dreams of capturing his first piece of major silverware.
And now Pochettino, 47, has revealed that the heartache from the final left him miserable for days.
"We talked every day to find the reason," the Argentine manager told the Daily Mail.
"Always you try to analyse, but in the end the analysis is different.
"It's the small details that make the difference. It was difficult, the three weeks to prepare were unbelievable and then you are massively disappointed in the way you lose.
"Then you need to go home -- I took a train from Madrid to Barcelona the day after.
"I spent 10 days in my house and didn't want to go out. It was so tough because we nearly touched glory.
"I tried to play golf after a few days -- not to play, to swing. I was focused with my son to try to hit the ball perfectly but it was impossible."
According to Pochettino, the wounds from the Champions League defeat also had a lingering effect on his family.
"My family tried to lift me, but they were in the same situation as me. Then I started to move on," he explained.
"The people that appreciated our job also helped.
"In Spain, English fans in restaurants in Madrid, also in Ibiza, people from Liverpool, people from Tottenham, different football people said: 'Fantastic Tottenham.'
"That started to build happiness again because people recognised our job was fantastic."
Spurs will resume their pre-season tour against Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Audi Cup.
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