The Argentine has worked miracles in his five years in north London, and look at what he has had to overcome this season. No money, no signings, no stadium, and a huge World Cup contingent worn-out before the season even began.

Even in the Champions League, they really should not have escaped out of their group, and were on the brink against both Manchester City and Ajax.


Chairman Daniel Levy and owner Joe Lewis have helped put the club in a position where now, suddenly, they are sitting above Arsenal, to the utter delight of their fans.

But Pochettino is the one who has made it come to fruition.

I remember mingling with a few Spurs players when they were here in Australia for the International Champions Cup and you could just see the way he connected with his players; there was harmony and trust. His legacy runs deep through the club, beyond the first team players.

Given what he has achieved, Pochettino can rightfully command any job on the planet, and I sense he’s got a burning desire to test himself.

That’s why this final, the biggest club game of football on the planet, is such a monumental milestone.

But coming into the match, Champions League miracles aside, Tottenham’s form has been quite lacklustre.

I actually think Tottenham may have preferred not to have played a club they are so familiar with – and they know Liverpool are in frightening form, despite just being pipped by Manchester City in that incredible Premier League title race.

Liverpool’s Premier League loss could impact them in one of two ways: either they’ll be even hungrier, or they’ll be too damaged and buckle under the weight of the pressure. I suspect it will be the former, but we won’t know for the first 10 or 20 minutes what kind of mood they’ll be in.

And that will be incredibly interesting.