Pochettino: Any three-week plan is gone with the penalty after 20 seconds



Liverpool’s penalty in the first minute of their Champions League final win over Tottenham Hotspur has proven to be a hard pill to swallow for Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine is unhappy with the decision to award a handball for a controversial incident involving Moussa Sissoko, which gifted Mohamed Salah the chance to break the deadlock, despite just 23 seconds having been played.

“Everyone has seen what happened,” Pochettino said.

“Any three-week plan is gone with the penalty after 20 seconds. Nobody expected it and the effect was very negative for the team.

“At no time does he move his hand in search of the ball. It was a refereeing decision that’s impossible to foresee. Mentally it was very difficult, it’s about learning and experimenting.”

But it’s not all bad for Spurs, having reached a European final, and the Argentine is trying to focus on the positives.

“I hope it’s something good for the club and the beginning of something positive,” he explained.

“Victories are built on the pain of defeats.”

When asked about the future, Pochettino didn’t give anything away about his personal situation but promised to get working as soon as possible.