Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the best way to get over the disappointment of defeat in the Champions League final is to improve next season.
Spurs ended the last campaign with defeat in Madrid at the hands of Liverpool, and, despite finishing fourth and qualifying for this season’s Champions League, they lagged well behind Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Premier League.
City won the title with 98 points with Liverpool just a point behind. Spurs finished fourth but 27 points adrift of City, and, with next season in mind, that is where Pochettino’s priorities lay, getting closer to the top two.
Speaking at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone he said: “I think the season was unbelievable. I congratulate Liverpool but you always feel disappointed. You need to learn from the pain when you are not able to win.
“For [Liverpool and City] the challenge is to keep the level and for us the challenge is to reduce the gap. “It’s a massive challenge to reduce the gap. We will see what happens. They were so strong and with great quality. The Premier League is the most competitive league.”
Pochettino will turn his mind back from Formula 1 to football in time for the club’s pre-season tour of Singapore and Chine where they will play friendlies against Juventus and Manchester United respectively.
They have further pre-season games arranged against Real Madrid and Inter Milan before kicking off the new league season at home to newly promoted Aston Villa on August 10.
Spurs are 1.30 to start off with a win, Villa are 11.00 with the draw 5.25. Tottenham are 1.57 to secure another top-four finish in the Premier League next season with Manchester United 2.05.