MAURICIO POCHETTINO had to endure his worst summer for 17 YEARS.
The Tottenham boss was so devastated by their Champions League final defeat he could not bear to venture outside afterwards.
He revealed he spent the first ten days of his Spanish break sat inside his Barcelona holiday home mulling over the 2-0 loss to Liverpool in Madrid.
With less than two weeks to go before the start of the new Premier League campaign, Poch said: “Did I have a bad summer? Yes very bad.
“For me the only one I can compare it with is the summer of 2002 when I played for Argentina at the World Cup and we finished below Sweden and England in our group.”
Three Lions fans will recall that was the year Pochettino brought down Michael Owen and David Beckham scored the winner from the spot to exact revenge for his infamous red card in France four years earlier.
Poch, who has always maintained Owen dived, suffered more penalty hell at the hands of Liverpool in May when Moussa Sissoko was controversially adjudged to have handled Sadio Mane’s pass after just 22 seconds.
Mo Salah fired the Reds 1-0 up from the spot to put Spurs on the back foot in their first Champions League final.
Pochettino added: “It’s been difficult. We had the most unbelievable time before the final.
“The three weeks to prepare were unbelievable then we were massively disappointed in the way we lost.
“Then I needed to go home. I took a train from Madrid to Barcelona the day after. I spent ten days in my home and didn’t want to go out.
“All the effort we made to get to the final was unbelievable.
“I didn’t want to go out”
“But you want to win and when you don’t it’s massive because you know how tough it is to get there again next season, to find the energy to try to win. That is why it is difficult to recover.”
Spurs continue their pre-season against Real Madrid in the Audi Cup in Munich tomorrow.
Pochettino said: “When you start a new season, with new kits and new everything it changes your outlook and there is new motivation.
“The good thing is that winners move on quickly.
“Maybe ten days like me, or 15. OK, when it’s holidays it’s worse because it’s like every day you are thinking.”
Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League, just like second-placed Liverpool did the season before.
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But Pochettino added: “Maybe I am wrong. Maybe the people that say comparing with Liverpool or City are right.
“Of course we are not the best in the world, but in our circumstances we try to work and never be a big team. Always we are brave and play with a lot of young players.
“That is the most important. That culture, that philosophy we create. We are very close. Maybe in the end we can get a trophy.”