Real Madrid dismiss Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s training ground claims

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Real Madrid have rejected claims by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino that the north London club were denied permission to stay at their training ground ahead of the Champions League final.

Spurs are set to use the training complex at Valdebebas in the build-up to the match against Liverpool in the Spanish city on June 1.

A statement from the La Liga club said: “Real Madrid is surprised by the demonstrations made by the coach of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino, about a supposed request made to our club so that his team could stay in the residence of Ciudad Real Madrid on the occasion of the final of the Champions League.

“Real Madrid wants to make it clear that it is outright false that this request was produced. Our club has always shown its absolute availability to meet all the requests made by UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.”

Tottenham have been training at their north-London base, while Liverpool have been away in Marbella.

Speaking to Spanish radio sports podcast El Partidazo de Cope, Pochettino had said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez turned down a request to let the squad stay at Real Madrid’s sports centre.

Madrid’s statement continued: “All requests submitted to Real Madrid have referred only and exclusively to the use of the training camps of Ciudad Real Madrid and its changing rooms. And all of them have been granted by our club.

“Thus, Liverpool plans to train in our facilities on Saturday, June 1 in the morning. Tottenham, for its part, will do so on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31.

“Real Madrid also wants to emphasise that the accommodation of the finalist teams of the Champions League are assigned by UEFA following criteria of organisation and security. And that at no time has our club been requested that these teams could be accommodated in the facilities of Ciudad Real Madrid.”

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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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