Third Champions League final loss would be tough for Jurgen Klopp, says Jose Mourinho

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The Portuguese feels Tottenham have the potential to win more trophies if they can land the big prize.

Jose Mourinho believes Tottenham could go on a trophy spree if they can win the Champions League final next week.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side take on Liverpool in the final in Madrid on June 1.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Mourinho – who has won the Champions League twice – feels that success against Liverpool could be the first of many trophies for Spurs.

“Of course, Spurs is not winning titles and to win the first one, the biggest one of all, would be, of course, fantastic and would mean to win other domestic trophies (is easier) because the Champions League is the biggest one of all,” Mourinho said.

“I think, big match, of course, with huge levels of pressure. We used to say finals are not to play, finals are to win.”

Mourinho also believes success would be huge for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp but thinks a third Champions League final defeat for the German would be a big blow.

“Being a manager and understanding what it means for a manager to play a Champions League final, there is always a negative side of it and the negative side is that one team is going to lose it,” Mourinho added.

“If Jurgen wins, it is an incredible achievement for him, if Jurgen doesn’t win… you know, to lose three Champions League finals has to be really, really hard. But in this moment, he is a positive guy and I think he just thinks about winning.”

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Tottenham star Heung-Min Son positive about peaking at the right time

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Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min hopes to peak at the right time and help his team get the better of Liverpool in the Champions League finals.

The South Korean believes that the team needs time to rest as they look to give their all in the summit clash in two weeks’ time.

“I think everyone needs this time to rest,” Son told the Evening Standard.

“We’re trying to get as fit as possible, to make sure we give everything in this game.

“I am a really, really positive guy and it is one of the best feelings to be playing in the Champions League final, so I just want to make sure that I am ready for every single ball and every single second.

“It is in three weeks, so everything is in our hands. I hope that I am in fire mode!”

Son admitted that after the celebrations that ensued their come-back win over Ajax in the semis, a defeat in the finals would hurt for a very long time. He also spoke about how Liverpool are a tough team to compete against and Spurs need to be on the top of their game to beat them.

“It’s been a crazy week,” the South Korea international said. “We spent [last] Wednesday celebrating. We were so happy.

“Winning the Champions League means a lot, but losing would be painful for a long, long time. We just want to be ready and then we will see what happens.

“Liverpool are a strong team, so how we play will be important.”

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Liverpool's Milner looking for Champions League final redemption

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Liverpool came back from losing the first leg of the semi-final 3-0.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is looking for Champions League redemption in Madrid next month.

A year ago in Kiev Jurgen Klopp’s side endured a freakish 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in which they lost the in-form Mohamed Salah to a shoulder injury after an early clash with Sergio Ramos, conceded two goals to goalkeeping errors by Loris Karius and a third to a brilliant Gareth Bale overhead kick.

But, having reached back-to-back finals after overcoming a 3-0 first-leg deficit to Barcelona, Milner is looking to make up for last year’s disappointment when they face Tottenham on June 1.

“What we did (against Barcelona) gives us a chance to go and redeem ourselves and get a piece of silverware because I think everyone deserves a bit of silverware,” the midfielder told liverpoolfc.com.

“I think the team especially, these boys, how they grind out results.

“What we’ve been through in the last two weeks…I haven’t got enough good words to say about the character within the squad, the ability and the mentality.

“The boys deserve a bit of silverware, but the fans do too.

“The fans have been unbelievable all year, they’ve lifted us when we’ve needed them, they’ve stuck with us when it’s been tough in games.”

Liverpool received a pre-final boost when they were allocated the more luxurious home dressing room for the final despite being the designated away team.

Due to security reasons, taking into account the metro lines and fan meeting points, it was decided Liverpool should be given the south end of Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

By default that meant Klopp’s side have been put in the home dressing room.

Liverpool’s players have been given this week off to recover from an arduous season in which they pushed Manchester City all the way to the last day in the title race, eventually losing out by one point.

They will reconvene on Monday for a week-long training camp in Marbella, as they did last year before the final in Kiev.

“We have to do a couple of things in preparation for the Champions League [final], media stuff,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.

“We have to do that, then the boys will have a couple of days off and then we have two proper weeks as a pre-season for the Champions League final.

“We will do that, we will play that, (hopefully) win it, come home and then the people (would) get what they deserve.”

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