Updated: Jun 3, 2019
The Lilywhites boss believes the early goal his side conceded was a big blow.
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham Hotspur were unlucky in their Champions League final defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
Spurs suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Reds at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday night - with Mo Salah and Divock Origi both finding the net.
Moussa Sissoko handled the ball inside the penalty area after just 30 seconds as the referee handed the Reds a penalty. And Salah found the back of the net from the spot, before Origi secured the win in the 87th minute.
Spurs had a few good chances but Liverpool’s Alisson Becker was brilliant on the night, making a string of impressive saves. However, Pochettino said they didn’t do enough against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
He told BT Sport: "I feel very proud about their effort, how we fight. We were unlucky, we concede a goal on a penalty. We were fighting, and we played so well in the second half. I feel so proud, a little bit unlucky. To start 1-0 down from the start was tough, we changed our plans but we are very proud of these players and these fans. We can be optimistic.
"That [penalty] was the circumstance we cannot manage or prepare for. You can never believe you will be 1-0 down after a minute. Mentally it was very tough, it’s about learning and experience, like Liverpool were in this position last year.
"I am so pleased to manage this group of players, but congratulations to Liverpool.
"The standards are so high, it wasn’t enough today. It’s a shame. You want to experience this again and repeat it. It is the best game in the world after the World Cup.
"It’s about trying, believing and building the journey so it happens again as soon as possible."