Pochettino waiting on selection

Pochettino waiting on selection

01/06/2019

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he has yet to finalise his starting line-up for the Champions League final with Liverpool on Saturday.

Fit-again striker Harry Kane has been the centre of much attention, with Pochettino pondering whether to recall a player who has not featured since early April due to an ankle injury.

However, at his final pre-match press conference Pochettino was giving little away as he revealed that he will wait until Spurs have finished their final training session before making his choice.

He told reporters: "I haven't decided the team yet. I don't know who will play - we'll decide after our final training session.

"It's difficult, you need to take a decision and tomorrow is another decision. We have all the information and we will use every detail to try to win.

"You can use only 11 players from the beginning - that is the most painful situation. It is always a tough decision, but it's part of my job."

Meanwhile, Pochettino urged his players to try and play with freedom when they take to the pitch in Madrid and not get swept up the occasion of a first-ever Champions League final appearances for the club.

He added: "Of course you need to prepare differently, you can't prepare for a friendly like a final. Players have different mental levels and concentration.

"Tomorrow the most important thing is to be ready. They need to play with freedom, like how you play when you're a child of seven or eight."

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