When Sheffield United’s second goal went in last night, Mauricio Pochettino’s heart would have sunk.
The hard work Tottenham had done to get 2-0 ahead (over both ties) in the League Cup semi-final unravelled before his eyes.
Weaker managers would have crumbled, but Pochettino told talkSPORT he wasn’t worried and he was right, he didn’t blink.
Pochettino would have had several scenarios flying around in his head; how do we approach extra time? Who might take penalties?
It could have all been very overwhelming for the manager but he kept his composure, stepped out to the touchline and got the best from his team as fatigue started to rear its ugly head.
He couldn’t afford to be emotional because heads would have been starting to drop across the side and he needed to get them to produce one final display of effort, which has resulted in the team getting another chance to get one over on Chelsea at Wembley.
Pochettino seems to thrive when games could go either way in tense situations. He has an ability to keep his calm when everything is going off around him and that is arguably his best quality.
He also knows when to make decisions, which take the sting out of situations which could affect his side.
A defensive substitution, with Danny Rose coming in the closing moments last night wasted a bit of time and also injected a fresh defender to ensure there were no final hiccups on a dramatic night of action.
When Christian Eriksen decided to do his best impression of David Beckham, Pochettino understandably allowed himself a small celebration.
However, when he heads into his office this morning to start preparations for the game against West Brom, he’ll be focused on something completely different.