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Bottlers? Epic Champions League comeback proves this Tottenham side is far from that – Opinion

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Spurs opinion: Forget about being bottlers, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are here for the big stage

The race for the top four in the Premier League was certainly interesting till the last weekend of games.

It seemed like no one wanted to finish in the Champions League spots. Tottenham dropped points against Bournemouth, Manchester United’s wheels came off, Chelsea were playing some dire football and well, Arsenal were being Arsenal away from home.

Spurs’ 1-0 shock defeat to Bournemouth saw us lose two players to red cards and opened the door for both Arsenal and Manchester United to put us under pressure.

However, the pair failed miserably and only a last day miracle can see Arsenal overtake us for a place in the top four.

Tottenham did have other business to attend to, namely, the Champions League semi-final against Ajax.

The Dutch side played us off the park in the first-half of the tie at the new Tottenham stadium but only ran out 1-0 winners.

Mauricio Pochettino has built a team without spending a dime in two transfer windows, and this was the perfect time to show how far we had come.

The stage was set for an incredible night with two teams playing great football, however, Ajax had other plans.

They raced into a two-goal lead on the night and Spurs were facing elimination. Football has seen many miracles and we were witness to one last night.

All hail St. Lucas Moura of north London

Social media is rife with supporters calling their rival clubs as “bottlers” (h/t Sun), and it seemed to be something similar for the top four spots.

Spurs seemed set to leave the Champions League without a whimper but Lucas Moura’s brace set up a tense finale.

Ajax had their chances, Spurs had their chances, the tension was palpable as the seconds ticked by.

The Dutch side surely had done enough to hold on as the clock showed 94 minutes and a few seconds remained.

However, Moura had one final say in the game as he slotted past Andre Onana which led to crazy scenes.

The Ajax players slumped to the ground, a Champions League final was in their hands, they just had to hold on for a few seconds.

They were crying, Pochettino was crying due to happiness, the Spurs players could not believe what had just happened.

But it did happen. Tottenham were in the Champions League final, their first under the new format.

A second half of character

It would have been easy to play out the second half as scoring three goals against Ajax would not have been easy.

The Dutch side were ready to break on the counter and had troubled us over two legs, but this Tottenham team does not know when to lie down.

Sure, there have been some performances which have been below par, but no one can accuse the players of not giving their 100%.

Even against Bournemouth, when we were down to nine-men, the players held on till the final seconds of the game.

A set-piece was our undoing then but we weren’t going to give up on the Madrid dream easily.

The Champions League has been a test of character for Spurs since the group stage. After three games it seemed like we would not make it to the Europa League too, but we picked up a crucial point at the Nou Camp to qualify.

We battered Borussia Dortmund over two legs and dumped out Manchester City, despite the Cityzens hammering us at the Etihad.

Ajax could have blown us away in the first leg, but we made some changes and kept the damage down.

A game can change in seconds, something that Moura proved at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Liverpool might be better placed than us in the league table but that goes down the window in a final.

The best team on the night wins and we are more than capable of beating the Reds. Tottenham have come a long way under Pochettino, and it is time to forget about being labelled bottlers.

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Irrespective of what happens in the Champions League, this Spurs team knows how to play the big games and it is time to build upon this for the years to come.

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Tottenham set to lose the race for Spanish star due to this reason

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Spurs transfer news: Arsenal set to beat Tottenham in landing Dani Ceballos

Football.london reports that Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos.

The 22-year-old was one of the stars for Spain in their U21 Euro winning squad, the report claims that the midfielder could be sold in the summer after Real made several big signings.

Dani Ceballos
Dani Ceballos

The report adds that AC Milan and Liverpool are also interested in the 22-year-old, however, AS (h/t Football.london) claimed that Spurs had agreed on a loan deal to land the Spaniard.

However, the outlet adds that Ceballos will reject a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and join the Gunners instead (h/t Football.london).

The report adds that the interest from Unai Emery was the key to them landing Ceballos, and the Spaniard wants to play at the Emirates Stadium.

A blow for Tottenham’s summer plans

Ceballos would do a great job under Mauricio Pochettino, and it is interesting to note that Arsenal seem to be winning the race for the Spaniard.

Dani Ceballos
Dani Ceballos

The Gunners do not have Champions League football on their side, and the report adds that Ceballos wants to start games regularly next season.

The 22-year-old wasn’t picked regularly under Zinedine Zidane last season, and he might get more games under Emery than Pochettino. Spurs have only signed Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke in the summer, and can do with another quality midfielder joining the side.

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Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks had their injury problems last season while Christian Eriksen is out of a contract at the end of next season.

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Not Trippier – La Liga giants interested in another Tottenham star as well

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Spurs transfer news: Atletico Madrid interested in Christian Eriksen

Atletico Madrid might be close to landing Kieran Trippier, however, he isn’t the only Tottenham star they are eyeing (h/t Football.london).

The Evening Standard (h/t Football.london) claims that Christian Eriksen is in the sights of the La Liga side as they search for a playmaker.

The report adds that Real Madrid are also interested in the 27-year-old Dane, who has just one year left on his current deal.

The midfielder had claimed he wanted to take up a new challenge after the Champions League final, however, he still is a Tottenham player.

Atletico have seen several players leave in the summer, with Rodri joining Manchester City. Juanfran also exited the club, and the biggest transfer has to be that of Antoine Griezmann’s.

The French attacker completed his move to Barcelona recently, and it will be interesting to see who Atletico can sign before the start of the season.

Will Eriksen fit into Atletico’s style?

The Dane is one of the most creative players in the Premier League and would do well at a top club.

Atletico aren’t known for their intricate style of play in the final third, and it is difficult to see how Eriksen would fit into Diego Simeone’s plans.

Staying at Tottenham would be a better decision for the Dane than joining Atletico, however, it will be interesting to see if Simeone’s team submits a quality offer for the Dane.

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It would be great to keep Eriksen at the club and extend his deal, but the next best option is to sell him to a non-Premier League club.

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Tottenham committed to signing relegated star they see as Danny Rose successor

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham committed to signing Ryan Sessegnon

The Telegraph reports that Tottenham are committed to signing Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.

The 19-year-old is one of the brightest talents in the English game but saw his side suffer relegation last season.

Sessegnon was inconsistent at Fulham and ended up playing under three managers in the span of 12 months.

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The English youngster is versatile enough to play as a leftwinger or as a left-back, and the report claims that Tottenham see the 19-year-old as a long-term successor of Danny Rose.

Tottenham’s Rose was one of our better performers in the previous campaign and started in the Champions League final against Liverpool.

However, the Englishman hinted he could leave in the summer after claiming that Tottenham sell off players who reach a certain age.

Fulham need to sell Sessegnon soon

The report adds that Fulham have to sell Sessegnon in the summer, with the English youngster having just one year left on his current deal.

Ryan Sessegnon

Sessegnon also prefers a move to Tottenham, according to the Telegraph, and hopefully, we can make him our third signing of the summer.

Tottenham could use someone of Sessegnon’s ability and the English youngster should grow under Mauricio Pochettino.

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It will be interesting to see if Sessegnon plays as the left-back at Tottenham. His best performances came in the attacking positions, and we could use a quick and tricky winger in the team.

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“Thanks for your commitment”, “Am broken” – Several Tottenham fans react as English star is set to leave for Spain

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Spurs transfer news: Fans react to Atletico Madrid agreeing on a deal for Trippier

Sky Sports claims that Atletico Madrid have agreed on a €24m move for Kieran Trippier.

The English defender is set to be in Spain on Wednesday to complete a medical with the La Liga club, and the report claims that the deal could be finalised by the weekend.

Kieran Trippier
Kieran Trippier

The report adds that Tottenham were offered attacker Angel Correa in the deal, but Tottenham opted for a cash deal.

The English defender had an inconsistent campaign for Spurs last time around but no one can doubt his commitment to the cause. The right-back came off a wonderful World Cup campaign with the Three Lions, but could not carry that form into the club season.

Tottenham left with a minor problem

Spurs would only have Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the senior right-backs in the side should Trippier leave. That could be a problem given that Aurier’s previous season was littered with injuries.

Spurs could do with another right-back coming in and providing cover for the duo.

Many fans highlighted that Trippier just could not cut it at Tottenham while some were pleased that Spurs were getting a good deal for the Englishman. Some fans were supportive of Trippier’s decision to take up a new challenge, and here are a few reactions to the transfer:

https://twitter.com/AtwookiDerrick/status/1151379776910835712
https://twitter.com/SeanyWG/status/1151382225704968192
https://twitter.com/SpursEvan/status/1151244444630491136

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