Pochettino pays tribute to fellow Champions League finalist after amazing season
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 May 2019
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Liverpool obtained 97 points in the Premier League, but it wasn't enough to topple Manchester City who defended their title
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is aware his team will face a wounded animal in the shape of Liverpool on June 1st in the Champions League final.
The Reds have enjoyed a spectacular campaign and recently came from three down to topple Barcelona in the last four of the European competition.
Jurgen Klopp's side also produced their best ever Premier League season, although it wasn't enough to wrestle the title off Manchester City, who finished a point ahead of Liverpool following a dramatic championship battle.
It meant the Merseyside club were ultimately left disappointed earlier this month on the last day despite obtaining 97 points in the division.
Pochettino says, however, they would have quickly turned their focus to preparing for a second consecutive Champions League final.
Speaking after Tottenham Hotspur's 2-2 draw at home to Everton on May 12, he said on the club's Champions League finalist: "I think for sure Liverpool will be disappointed now, but they made an amazing, amazing season.
"For sure a little bit unlucky because of the points they got. In other circumstances they would have won the Premier League, but they have an unbelievable squad and an unbelievable manager in Klopp.
"Today (May 12) for sure they feel disappointed, but tomorrow, like us, they start to think about the final."
Liverpool will understandably be favourites to win a sixth European Cup and have the experience on their side.
The majority of this squad reached the final last season, but fell short to a Gareth Bale-inspired Real Madrid.
Back again a year later, they will be desperate for redemption and a chance to finish a successful campaign with silverware.
Klopp's team have also had the upper-hand over Spurs in the league this season, with Reds winning both games 2-1.
Tottenham pushed them all the way at Anfield in March though, and will have plenty of belief after a stunning journey to the Champions League final.
Spurs were dead and buried in the group, written off against Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 and not fancied at all against City or Ajax after the first leg, but they are here. It will be some spectacle.