Mauricio Pochettino says he might “cry for one week” if Tottenham Hotspur beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.
The Spurs boss was in floods of tears after his side completed a remarkable comeback against Ajax in the semi-final second leg.
Initially he was unable to be interviewed by BT Sport after allowing his emotions get the better of him.
The Argentinian eventually collected himself but broke down again towards the end of his post-match interview.
And he has now revealed he is prone to tears, and not only when it comes to football.
“My mother says to me, ‘You are a ‘llorona’, which means blubberer, a person who cries often and a lot,” Pochettino said (via Goal).
“My mum always says, ‘He’s happy, he cries. He’s sad, he cries. Come on – just stop crying!’
“Sometimes it happens that I am taking my car to my house – it’s 20 minutes from the training ground to Barnet – and listening to some music and that translates to some moment in my life.
“I start to cry, and when I arrive home my wife says, ‘What happened?’.
“I say, ‘Some music reminded me of a moment 30 years ago in Argentina’, and she will say, ‘You are crazy’.
“Films? Yes, I cry. Everything. If we win the Champions League, I don’t know, maybe I’m going to cry for one week.”
The nature of Tottenham’s progression to the final has made things more remarkable than they might have been in normal circumstances.
Spurs haven’t made a single signing since January 2018. Fittingly that was Lucas Moura, who scored the hat-trick in Amsterdam earlier this month.
What’s more, the Londoners have been on the brink of elimination a number of times, scraping past PSV and Inter Milan in the group stages before snatching a draw against Barcelona.
Raheem Sterling’s disallowed goal in the final seconds of the quarter-final made things even more extraordinary, and the comeback at Ajax was the icing on the cake.
All that’s left is for Tottenham to put a cherry on top in Madrid.