Pochettino reiterates focus on final, not his future
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The Spurs manager faced the press at Hotspur Way this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final with Liverpool
Mauricio Pochettino insists the focus of everyone at Tottenham Hotspur is on the Champions League final and admitted it was embarrassing for anyone to think about his future right now.
Spurs hosted a media day at Hotspur Way today ahead of Saturday's showpiece clash with Liverpool in Madrid and the boss was asked a question on whether he would like to work in Serie A with rumours linking him with the vacant position at Juventus.
Massimiliano Allegri left the Old Lady on Sunday, but Pochettino reiterated the focus of the whole club is on trying to win a first ever European Cup.
"Today no-one is more important than the game we have ahead. Tottenham deserve we are all 200 per cent focusing on preparing in the best way for the game," he said.
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"We can make history, we can write our history and provide our fans and people and family with the best happiness in football. Today, to think about individual things is a little bit embarrassing and a shame.
"I am not important. What happens in the future with me - I think we have bigger things ahead to think about [the final].
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"To play the final of the Champions League, to play with all the emotions that this competition generates, I am nothing to worry about.
"I am not important more than the Champions League or the possibility to win a trophy or the club. The rumours are out there.
"You ask about me but today the focus is 200 per cent on the final. Rumours are rumours and are there. After the final we will have time to talk. Today my commitment to Tottenham is 200 per cent."
Pochettino also confirmed everything looks positive for Spurs on the injury front with Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez hoping to be fit to start in Madrid.
He added: "I think Harry Kane is in the last week, Friday and Saturday, start to be involved with the group. It's very positive, the situation with him.
"We have one week ahead to see how he is progressing. It's so important that he feels well and he's very positive. We'll see what happens.
"I cannot say if he'll be 100 per cent fit or starting or on the bench or out, but there is good progression like with Winks, Vertonghen and Sanchez."
Five years ago today Pochettino signed a contract to become Tottenham's head coach and what the club have achieved in that period of time with limied resources is remarkable.
Before the Argentinian arrived, Spurs had only played in the Champions League once and yet this season they finished in the top four for a fourth consecutive year and they are 90 minutes away from winning the competition.
It is therefore understandable the 47-year-old is loving every minute of preparing for arguably the biggest game in Tottenham's history.
Pochettino said: "I am enjoying a lot. I think today I signed a contract five years ago and this period is amazing for us.
"The last two weeks we worked so hard but we are enjoying a lot. I think we have ahead the best game you can play.
"I think the World Cup final and the final of the Champions League are the best you can play. It is a privilege to play and we are enjoying every single day of the three weeks."