Mauricio Pochettino believes it is essential for Tottenham to receive their Champions League campaign underway in order that they can”repair the damage” done by their defeat at the last year.
Spurs were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the 2018/19 closing in Madrid on June 1, using an Mohamed Salah penalty and also a Divock Origi strike inflicting defeat on the north London side.
Pochettino now says it is key for Spurs to get off to a fantastic beginning in the very first game of their 2019/20 European campaign from Olympiakos on Wednesday.
“There’s been a lengthy time following the final in Madrid and, to be honest, I had been thinking a lot during the summer,” he said.
“To eliminate the closing is obviously so painful since you can not put the feeling, and you want to wait to begin again to fix the damage”
Tottenham travel to Greece for the sport, looking to get off this season’s group stage to a better start than last word.
They failed to win any of the first 3 matches in Group B, qualifying for the knockout stages and confronting Barcelona Inter Milan and PSV, before heading unbeaten in their remaining matches.
Pochettino understands his side are being written off this season, but needs them to earn an impression by getting off to a winning start and placing in a great performance in Athens.
He said:”Nobody is thinking or giving us chance to be a rival to become in the final in Istanbul this season. But that’s normal. This makes it quite exciting, our run at the Champions League.
“A couple of months ago we performed the final of the Champions League and obviously [enjoying ] Olympiakos will put us in this amount of favourites.
“It is going to be a tough atmosphere. I respect the opponent and you need to show you are favourites when you begin the game.
“We are going to make a few adjustments, for different reasons, but the focus has to be in the performance and quality of performance”