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[Photos] 25 pictures that capture Tottenham’s 2018-19 season as we reached the Champions League final

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Spurs opinion: 25 photos that captured Tottenham’s 2018-19 season

It could have been a great season for Tottenham had we just got the rub of the green on Saturday.

Spurs lost to Liverpool in the Champions League final, however, the journey to Madrid was full of crazy twists and turns.

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Tottenham’s team photo ahead of the Champions League final

Tottenham ended the season by just about staying in the top four. Most of our senior players came back from a long and tiring World Cup and also had to deal with several injuries throughout the campaign.

There were no signings for Mauricio Pochettino to deal with, however, we still did well in the Premier League, and the Champions League journey was memorable.

Old Trafford crumbling

Manchester United didn’t have a great season to talk about, and things started poorly for them under Jose Mourinho.

Lucas Moura scored a brace in the 3-0 win over the Red Devils and proved that even without signings, we would be a force this season.

Erik Lamela might not have had much to remember from another injury-blighted season, but he did get the only goal of the game when we beat West Ham at the London Stadium.

Champions League journey begins

Tottenham lost their first two Champions League group games before PSV fought back to earn a point in the Netherlands.

Spurs had to win their next game and things weren’t going well but Harry Kane came up with the important goal in the 89th minute to defeat PSV in London.

Juan Foyth got several chances to impress this season due to injuries to our defenders, and the Argentine had one great moment as he scored the only goal of the game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Juan Foyth celebrates with his Tottenham teammates

One of the stars from the campaign was Son Heung-min. The South Korean bagged some crucial goals despite leaving for an international tournament midway through the campaign.

Son Heung-min scores for Tottenham

Son Heung-min scored a fantastic goal against Chelsea

The South Korean scored a blinder against Chelsea at Wembley, which possibly was the goal of the season for Spurs.

Late goals continue for Spurs

Tottenham’s season seemed to have ‘late goals’ written all over it, and that continued as Christian Eriksen scored a late winner against Inter Milan to keep our Champions League hopes alive.

The next big moment came at the Nou Camp as Lucas Moura levelled for us against Barcelona, and that was enough to take us into the knockout rounds.

Spurs were being held for a point against Burnley a few days later but the Dane stepped up again to score in stoppage time to hand us three points in the Premier League.

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Spurs banging the goals in

Tottenham were in a purple patch for a while during the festive period as we scored six past Everton at Goodison Park.

We then scored five past Bournemouth at Wembley and tried to keep pace with the top two, Liverpool and Manchester City.

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Tottenham players celebrate win over Bournemouth

Harry Winks was another star who had an injury-plagued season but he had one great moment to savour. Spurs were 1-1 against Fulham until Winks, possibly the smallest player on the field, ran in to head the winner.

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Harry Winks and Danny Rose

The late goals kept on coming, with Fernando Llorente bagging one against Watford after Son had equalised.

The South Korean then got the only goal of the game against a resolute Newcastle, and that was another late goal to add to the tally.

Champions League knockout drama

Borussia Dortmund were our opponents in the first knockout round of the Champions League, and we easily defeated the Bundesliga giants 3-0, with Jan Vertonghen scoring a great goal.

Our league form had taken a dip by then and we needed Hugo Lloris to come up big and save a penalty against Arsenal, thus rescuing a point for us.

Harry Kane was still doing his bit for the team and scored the only goal of the game against Dortmund in the Signal Iduna Park.

New beginnings at our new home

Our stadium was expected to open in September but there were several delays. However, the new stadium was ready this season as Spurs defeated Palace to begin a new era.

A few days later, we played Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and Son got the winner in the first leg.

We then faced City for the second leg at the Etihad, in what was the best game of the season, at that time.

The game was topsy turvy before Llorente scored our third goal to make it 4-3 on aggregate. The goal was checked by VAR but given.

We were going through to the semis on aggregate before Raheem Sterling thought he had scored in the final minute.

City’s players and Pep Guardiola were jubilant but all that came crashing down as VAR found Sergio Aguero to be marginally offside as the Spanish manager collapsed to the ground.

The Spurs players celebrated wildly after the final whistle, and there was more drama set to come in the next round.

Moura magic in Amsterdam

Moura had another big game for us as we came back from 3-0 down on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

The Brazilian scored a second-half hat-trick to take us to the final, with the last goal coming just seconds before the final whistle.

The Tottenham players and even Mauricio Pochettino became emotional after the win as we were set to play in our biggest European game in decades.

Unfortunately, things did not go as planned with Moussa Sissoko giving away a handball early in the final.

Mohamed Salah scored the penalty before Divock Origi got the second of the game despite us trying to get the equaliser.

It was a disappointing end to the season but Pochettino and the players would have gained a lot of experience from the Champions League journey.

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Reaching the final without any new signings is a credit to the entire staff at the club, and we should come back stronger in the coming campaign with a few new faces.

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“You would be crazy to sack this man” – Former Tottenham manager backs Pochettino despite tough start

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Tim Sherwood claims it would be crazy to sack Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham haven’t been great this season and returned to action after the international break with a 1-1 draw against Watford.

This was our seventh straight game without a win this season, and there is speculation about Mauricio Pochettino’s future at the club (h/t Daily Star).

There are several players who are free agents at the end of the season, and most of our stars are not in form too.

Spurs have one point from two Champions League ties and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester United.

However, former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood claims that the Argentine should not be sacked from his position while speaking Bein Sports (h/t Daily Star):

“You would be crazy to sack this man.

“He’s one of the best managers in the world and I think he has built that reputation.

“If they were to change, it would be difficult to find a man who buys into the philosophy of the whole football club.”

Mourinho not the right man for the job

Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hasn’t worked since getting the sack at Old Trafford last season, but Sherwood didn’t see the Portuguese in London:

“I don’t think they will go to Mourinho because I think he has his own way of doing things.

“He wants to be very dominant.”

That might not work with Daniel Levy, and we don’t spend a lot in the transfer windows. Mourinho is capable of winning trophies but he also splashes a lot of cash, something that Pochettino has kept in check.

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Pochettino has to be handed more time to get things right, and he has worked wonders in the past.

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Tottenham to bid £10million for 19-year-old Championship star to solve right-back issues

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Tottenham target West Brom right-back Nathan Ferguson

Nathan Ferguson has impressed for West Bromwich Albion as their left-back this season and Tottenham are interested in the 19-year-old, according to the Sun.

The report claims that Mauricio Pochettino wants another option for the right-back position after selling Kieran Trippier in the summer.

The Englishman has done well at Atletico Madrid this summer while Serge Aurier has struggled for form.

Nathan Ferguson (L)

Kyle Walker-Peters has struggled with an injury while we have tried Moussa Sissoko and Davinson Sanchez in that position too.

Tottenham’s scouts are raving about the West Brom star and Crystal Palace are also interested in the 19-year-old (h/t Sun).

Spurs could offer £10million for the defender but West Brom want to keep hold of the youngster as they seek promotion (h/t Sun).

However, a move to the Premier League would be tough for Ferguson to resist and the youngster has done well on both sides of the defence.

The youngster has a goal and an assist already this season, and it will be interesting to see how things go.

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Tottenham need to make moves in January

The report claims that a January deal is possible if Tottenham submit a decent bid, and we need to add some quality to the side.

Tottenham have struggled this season and the right-back position has been problematic for us.

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Pochettino has a great reputation of working with young English talent and Ferguson still needs to develop further.

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“It is too far away” – Pochettino urges Tottenham to be ready ahead of January transfer window

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Mauricio Pochettino wants club to be ready for January spending

Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to be ready for the January window after the 1-1 draw with Watford.

Spurs made a few signings in the summer but things haven’t worked out well for us. Tottenham lie seventh in the Premier League and have won just once in their past seven fixtures.

Pochettino was asked about possible January plans and the Argentine suggested he was happy with the team (h/t Sky Sports):

“We are not going to get any benefit to talk about January, it is too far away, we have got a lot of games to play.

“That is the structure of the club that is working and thinking and they need to be ready if we need to do something, if not we keep going, but I am happy with the squad, I am happy with the players.”

The manager added that he couldn’t guess what would happen in January and further claimed that they might not move if the club goes on a winning run.

Pochettino wanted the team to concentrate on the clash against Red Star, which could be a tough game given our European struggles this season.

Spurs need to plan for the winter

Pochettino hasn’t made too many moves in the winter window during his Tottenham career, but he needs a few more signings.

Our defence looks a little old now with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen struggling a bit. We could do with a right-back and another support striker for Harry Kane too.

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Hopefully, things work out for us once the January window opens, and we land some quality players to turn the season around.

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Hawk-Eye apologises for major VAR error after Tottenham’s goal against Watford

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Hawk-Eye apologises for major error during Tottenham-Watford draw

Hawk-Eye Innovations have apologised for the graphic put on the giant screen during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Watford.

Spurs were trailing to an Abdoulaye Doucoure effort in the sixth minute and seemed to have levelled the score thanks to Dele Alli.

The Englishman took advantage of a mix up in the Watford defence and scored in the 86th minute.

However, play was stopped as the referee checked with VAR for a possible handball in the build-up by Alli.

The official then signalled the goal stood, but the giant screen posted an image of “No Goal” which led to a lot of confusion amongst the fans.

Hawk-Eye Innovations tweeted that they were working with PGMOL and the Premier League to ensure such mistakes aren’t repeated.

Spurs were lucky to get the point

Watford were great at the back and even though we struck the woodwork a few times, we weren’t all that great.

Tottenham need to play better in the upcoming weeks, and it will be interesting to see if this point turns our season around.

We started with a pretty strong team and three at the back, but that was changed at half-time as we were struggling.

Alli did show the right desire to get into the box and score, and we need similar effort in the coming weeks.

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VAR has been on our side a lot of times but we have been hurt by the technology too, like the Serge Aurier goal disallowed at Leicester City.

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