Pochettino's Spurs in good shape for Champions League final

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Published on May 31, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Pochettino's Spurs in good shape for Champions League final

Spurs coach pays tribute to greatness of Liverpool but wants his team to make some of their own history tomorrow

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Pochettino's Spurs in good shape for Champions League final

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 31, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, GOALKEEPER AND CAPTAIN, HUGO LLORIS AND MIDFIELDER, HARRY WINKS ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: REPORTER, SAYING: "I see you've lost weight, is it true that you've lost weight?

Or I don't know, I saw you thinner.

Is it true?" / POCHETTINO STANDING UP AND STRIKING A POSE "The same.

I think it's the same.

I am the same." 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "I think they (Liverpool) deserve full credit, to Juergen Klopp - fantastic manager, coaching staff, players, and all their players and a great club like Liverpool with all the history behind I think tomorrow is about to enjoy for us and try to win because we want to write the history and in football tomorrow is about ours to win and we know very well what we need to do." STORY: The toughest question Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino had to face at a news conference on Friday (May 31) was bizarrely whether he had lost weight or not ahead of Saturday's (June 1) Champions League Final.

The Argentine was taken by surprise when a journalist said he had lost weight but took it in good humour as he stood up to strike a pose before insisting his weight hadn't changed.

When talking about matters on the pitch Pochettino said he would make a decision about striker Harry Kane after the training session at Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Friday evening.

Pochettino's side are the underdogs for the match against Liverpool but they have overcome the odds on more than one occasion this season to make the final.

Spurs sneaked into the knockout stages of the competition with only eight points from six games and had to rely on Inter Milan failing to beat PSV Eindhoven in the final game to progress.

They benefited from a marginal offside call against Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in the quarter-finals after a VAR review and survived an onslaught in both semi-final games with Ajax Amsterdam before Lucas Moura's decisive goal in the fifth minute of added time completed a stunning 3-2 win.

Pochettino praised his players after all of the difficulties they've faced this season, adding that they will give their best against Liverpool who he believes are the best side in the English league alongside Manchester City.

Reaching the final also gives Hugo Lloris the opportunity to become only the second captain to lift the World Cup and Champions League trophy in a 12-month period.

Goalkeeper Lloris won the World Cup with France in July and he can now emulate Franz Beckenbauer who claimed the same feat with Germany and Bayern Munich.

The match will kickoff at 1900GMT on Saturday.

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