Mauricio Pochettino made a strange comment during his Champions League press conference on Tuesday.
Ahead of Tottenham’s semi-final second leg against Ajax, the Argentinian suggested he may leave Spurs if he wins the Champions League next month.
The Londoners must come from a goal down to reach the final, where they will meet Liverpool if they make it past Ajax.
Tottenham have already experienced one miracle in Europe this term, edging past Manchester City in the most frantic of quarter-final ties.
Another big performance will be needed if Spurs are to reach the final, and the nature of the team’s progression may be the reason behind Pochettino’s words.
“It (winning the CL) should be fantastic, no? Close the five-year chapter and go home,” he said (via the Guardian).
“It’s not a joke. Why? To win the Champions League in this circumstance, in this season – maybe I need to think a little bit to do something different in the future. Because to repeat this miracle, you know… But for sure, I go home. Whatever happens tomorrow, I go home.”
It was unclear exactly what Pochettino meant. There is a chance he was joking, or he could have simply been talking up Tottenham’s unlikely route to the latter stages of the Champions League.
This is the first time Pochettino has made any kind of suggestion his time at Spurs will come to an end soon.
He’s likely to be asked about his comments again before Wednesday’s game for clarification.