15 minutes after the madness, Mauricio Pochettino was still behind Tottenham's dramatic European progress.
& # 39; We are all tired & # 39 ;, he said with a grin. & # 39; But … a great, crazy, and incredible night. & # 39;
Pochettino and his players returned to their shelter at the club's training field in Enfield around Thursday at 2:00 am. They stayed overnight for a debrief and a recovery session.
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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino says he & # 39; believes in the universe & # 39; after the win
The manager and his mostly straightforward assistant Jesus Perez could hardly hide their delight on Thursday afternoon and who could blame them?
Pochettino said that his players are in a & # 39; dreamlike state & # 39; found. He praised them for & # 39; writing history & # 39 ;. After all, this is the first semifinal of Tottenham in the most prestigious club competition in Europe for 57 years. In short, it all became a bit erratic as the conversation turned to fate.
& # 39; I believe in the universe & # 39 ;, Pochettino began. He remembered how his party was on the verge of eliminating group phases in the fall.
& # 39; In November it was not a destiny. At the start of the season, nobody believed fate would reward us. And five years ago, nobody believed that we would be here. You have to work hard to have the option to be rewarded by the universe. & # 39;
Then Pochettino leaned back in his chair to the alternative doom-code version that was gradually coming out.
When Raheem Sterling took a cross from Sergio Aguero in the added time and threw the ball past Hugo Lloris and the equalizer seemed to have won, Pochettino feared only destruction.
& # 39; I threw out my coat, threw my sweater down and sat down next to Jesus and Toni Jimenez – it was like that for a few seconds, & # 39; he said, putting his head in his hands. & # 39; It was so fast. There were many bad feelings and bad ideas. "The lowest moment of his management career? & # 39; At that time, yes, of course. It would be a huge emotional situation.
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& # 39; We would have been very down. At that moment you start to think, "Why?" You think of the action where Christian Eriksen played the pass back. "Why not play ahead?" I was watching the action, the decision, in my head. How did I meet the players? The fans? You?
& # 39; All these scenarios happened so quickly in my mind. And then I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Oh, maybe it's offside, VAR check," and at that moment I was alive again. I understand the situation at City's bank; from the top of the world down, disappointed. That's incredible, the emotion we experienced was amazing. & # 39;
Instead of picking up a battered and bruised team, Tottenham's spirit could not be higher than the return of the Saturday Premier League to Etihad Stadium. They travel with even more injury problems. Moussa Sissoko is a big doubt with a groin injury and Eric Dier has a lack of fitness.
City has a score to score and a Premier League title to win. The Guardiola team will certainly be staring at images of the exchange space that appeared on social media. The Tottenham players sang and Pochettino breathed loudly and proudly. He hit and hit a white tactic board and his team rejoiced.
From its lowest point to its highest in 60 seconds? Not quite. Pochettino still holds the holding of Espanyol in La Liga as his greatest management performance.
Tottenham will return to Etihad on Saturday for a Premier League match against City
& # 39; It was fantastic to write history, to be in the semi-final for Tottenham for the first time since 1962. But to fight for Espanyol, where I played, when my kids were fans of the club, when it comes to people keeping their jobs, that was my best emotion, & he said.
& # 39; Sometimes people only call you if you win a title or not, but for me it was more than winning the Premier League, Champions League or La Liga at the time. The pressure is very different. & # 39;
But while Pochettino and his spirited Tottenham team continue to defy the odds, who knows where this run will end? Even in the midst of joy there were targeted messages for his players prior to the semi-final against Ajax.
He warned: & # 39; We must be humble, because certainly, because we defeat City, no one expected that, it can give tremendous faith.
& # 39; But if you are not smart enough to arrange that properly, you can make a mistake – that victory can make you weaker. It is so important to respect Ajax. They beat Real Madrid and Juventus, so they are more favorites than we are – that's a reality.
& # 39; If they are not bigger favorites than us, they are at the same level. We must respect them. & # 39;