Head coach Pochettino saw Spurs lose 2-1 to Juve at Wembley on Wednesday evening to miss out 4-3 on aggregate to the Italian champions, with the visitors scoring twice in four second-half minutes to secure their progress.
It was tough, but very positive for the future.
And Pochettino believed his team had deserved better, while admitting that they had learned a harsh lesson in being punished by one of European football’s elite outfits.
He said after a disappointing evening: “I am very proud. Against a very good team like Juventus we dominated – overall in the two games we were much better, – but at this level in three minutes the tie went for Juventus.
“In less than three minutes we conceded two goals – two big mistakes – and that is why we are out. In both legs we deserved more.
“We are very disappointed, but it is part of growing, we will keep going. In football it is not about deserving, you have to score goals and not concede.
“It was tough, but very positive for the future. You need this type of game and experience to build you as a player to compete at this level.
“They only came to our goal two or three times – not much – but they have quality, so if you make a mistake they will score.”