Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has no regrets starting Harry Kane ahead of Lucas Moura in the side’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.
Kane played the full 90 minutes on his return from two months off but was ineffectual as Jurgen Klopp’s men were crowned European champions for the sixth time as goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi gave them a 2-0 win over Spurs.
With not much going his way, Kane only had one shot in the game and was on the fringes for large parts, especially in the first half where he had just 15 touches of the ball – the least of any player on the pitch.
A few eyebrows were raised when the teams were revealed with semi-final hat-trick hero Moura only on the bench with Dele Alli – also out of sorts in the game – playing off the England skipper.
Pochettino said: “This wasn’t a drama, it was a decision. For me Harry Kane, after one month and a half, he finished the game fresh. He didn’t score but my decision I promise was very analytical, with all the information. I have no regrets.”
Pochettino’s future at the club once again was discussed in his post-match press conference but he was giving no clues about whether he’ll continue as Tottenham manager next season.
The Argentine has previously been linked with vacant managerial posts at Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, who are currently looking for a new boss.
“We will have time to talk about the future,” Pochettino said.
“That can be tomorrow.
“I think it’s not a moment now to talk too much, because you can interpret things in a different way. People want to compare me to different managers, but we are in different positions and a different place. Our ambition is amazing – the club played in its first Champions League final.
“Now it is about being calm. I am sure we are going to have time to talk.”11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. Buy NOW!!!