Losing is never easy, especially when it comes at the biggest stage you've ever been, and probably will ever be: the UEFA Champions League final.
So, when Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool a couple of months ago, the Argentinean boss was as heart-broken as their fans and really took it personally:
"Yes, it was difficult. We had the most unbelievable three weeks to prepare before the final. [We were] massively disappointed in the way we lost," Pochettino admitted when talking to the press, as quoted by The Mirror.
As a matter of fact, the Argentinean compared it with the time his national team was knocked off the World Cup in 2002 when he was still a part of Marcelo Bielsa's squad:
"It was very bad. I compare with summer 2002 when we drew with Sweden and were beaten by England in the group stage at (the) World Cup, within one week. As a player and as a manager both are the worst moments in my career. I took a train from Madrid to Barcelona the day after.
I spent 10 days at my home and didn’t want to go out. It was tough because you nearly touched the glory. I thought we were better than Liverpool. It wasn't a great final but small details made the difference," Pochettino added.
Still, the 47-year-old acknowledged the fact that you don't get much time to relax and think things through when you're playing at the highest of levels, as you must be ready in little-to-no time if you want to come back to soccer's ultimate stage:
"Winners move on quickly. Maybe 10 days like me, or 15. When it's holidays it's worse because every day you are thinking the same, but when you start to train you put the bad things in the past. The moment you move on, the fire inside starts to appear again," he concluded.