Pochettino: From missing the Real Madrid job to Champions League final ecstasy
Lucas Moura’s sensational goal just ten seconds from the full time whistle against Ajax on Wednesday sent Mauricio Pochettino into happiness, only months after he botched the chance to mentor Real Madrid.
The Brazilian’s hat-trick ensured that Spurs would be present in Madrid in June for the Champions League final, something most supporters never thought they’d see.
Pochettino’s emotions were clear for all to see, first as he scrambled onto the pitch in the immediate aftermath of the goal, and after that later as he separated in tears amid his post-coordinate media meet.
After Zinedine Zidane left the club, Los Blancos were desperate to hire Pochettino and they decided in the mid year of 2018.
The Argentine was the first pick to take the job, but rather ironically, he had signed a new contract at the Tottenham Stadium only multi week sooner.
It was this extension which would ensure his presence in North London until 2019 at the very least, however with Zidane now back in place in the Spanish capital, Pochettino has seen such an entryway close for a long time to come.
Some coaches would have been stung by this situation and resented Tottenham for not giving him a chance to leave for the European bosses, however not Pochettino.
After he saw Spurs sign no players in the summer, he simply got down to work and set about improving the players he had and ingrained a faith in them that anything was conceivable.