Mauricio Pochettino has claimed he would have quit Tottenham, if they had won the Champions League final.

Spurs lost the final 2-0 to Premier League rivals Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.

Pochettino, speaking to reporters on their pre-season tour, said coming so close and then losing the final, has served to revitalise him for the challenge ahead.

“After five years in a difficult project at Tottenham, we talk a lot about perception and reality, how we fight and all the energy we expend trying to get Tottenham fighting with the best teams in Europe and England.

“Of course it’s always in your head, you never know. With the way I am, I am always going to prioritise the club over myself.

“Maybe if it was a different result after the final you can think, ‘OK, maybe this is a moment to step out of the club, leave the club and give them the possibility of a really new chapter with a new coaching staff’.

“But after the final I felt this was not great to finish like this. I’m not a person that avoids facing problems or a difficult situation.

“I am more on that side of – I love a massive challenge, a difficult challenge and of course now to rebuild that mentality, to make it possible to repeat a similar season, that is exciting and motivates me a lot,” he said.

Pochettino, 47, has been at Spurs for five years and won no trophy.

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