Mauricio Pochettino has urged his players to learn from the experience of playing against Chelsea, having collapsed to hand the Premier League trophy to Leicester City.
The Lilywhites were leading 2-0 at half-time, a result which would have kept the title race ongoing for at least another week.
However, Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard netted second half goals, drawing the tie level, and sending silverware to the King Power Stadium.
Pochettino’s team, who have looked so good for much of the season, seemed to let the occasion get to them, and the head coach wants his players to learn from this sort of game.
He said: “It was difficult because we were very emotional and they were emotional. It was a tough game. This was the feeling that was important for us to learn. We are the youngest squad in the Premier League, and it’s important for the future. We can only learn from that.”
Despite losing out on the title, Pochettino insists the North London outfit should still be proud of what they have achieved this year, having exceeded all pre-season expectations.
The Argentine added: “We still need to feel proud for our season, as we still fight for second place. We need to prepare for the next game.”
The head coach also had words of praise for his Leicester counterpart Claudio Ranieri, who has led the Foxes to their first ever top flight trophy.
“First off I want to congratulate Claudio Ranieri and Leicester on their title. They deserve it, but we do feel disappointed.”