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Pochettino tight-lipped about whether Harry Kane will start in Champions League final

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he'll make a decision later today on whether Harry Kane will start tonight's Champions League final against Liverpool. 

The England captain hasn't played since suffering a 'significant ankle injury' in Spurs' Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Manchester City in April.

Kane declared himself fit earlier this week and trained at Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium last night and Pochettino says it's a 'painful' decision to have to pick between his top scorer and semi-final hero Lucas Moura.

"It's normal that you are asking me, it's not easy, it is not going to be easy to make that decision tomorrow.

"But it was difficult the last game that we played, the semi-finals, the quarter-finals, the last 16.

"Every single game we need to take a decision. Tomorrow is going to be another decision, a decision when we have all the information and we know every single detail, we are going to take the best decision to win.

"It is so painful when this type of game arrives and you can only use 11 players from the beginning," he added. "That is the most painful situation."

Spurs are in their first-ever European Cup final and their manager says it's been an amazing journey.

"It's amazing to go back 10 months ago when we started the pre-season to believe one day that we would be here.

"Tomorrow is about enjoying for us and to win because we want to write the history. We know very well what we have to do."

Pochettino was also asked about his opposite number Jurgen Klopp, who has lost his last six cup finals.

"For me, Jurgen is a successful manager, I admire him a lot, he is great, he is happy, optimistic, he is a very good example, I like him a lot," he said.

"He is a little bit unlucky, the people judge because you lose the final.

"You need to judge that it is the third time he has arrived at the final, the most difficult thing is to arrive at the final."

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