Spurs opinion: Tottenham 2018-19 season review – Several highs and lows for Pochettino’s men
Tottenham’s season ended in major disappointment as we lost the Champions League final 2-0 to Liverpool.
Spurs’ Champions League campaign was crazy given that we came back from the cusp of elimination several times and yet we reached the final due to some fantastic performances.
Our Premier League campaign was crazy too but not in a good way. We were in the race for the title but a poor start to 2019 saw us finish the campaign placed fourth, just sneaking into the Champions League places.
Our domestic cup campaign wasn’t great either, with elimination to Crystal Palace in the Fourth round of the FA Cup, while we were beaten by Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Tottenham did not sign a single player in two transfer windows while we sold Mousa Dembele in the winter window, further limiting our options in the midfield. Most of our players came back from a long World Cup and several players picked up injuries, which affected our campaign.
It wasn’t the greatest season for Spurs but it wasn’t the worst either, and here are some of the moments from the campaign that stood out.
Player of the season
This was a tough decision given that several players struggled to do their bit for the side this season.
Harry Kane picked up two injuries, Dele Alli struggled to perform while Christian Eriksen started doing his bit in the second half of the campaign.
Son Heung-min was excellent in patches throughout the season despite leaving for two international tournaments during the campaign.
The man who gets the award, however, is Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman might not have scored or assisted too many goals, but his drive from the heart of the midfield set the tone for many quality performances.
The Frenchman was on the periphery of the starting XI at the start of the season, but injuries gave him a chance to impress and he did that really well.
Sissoko started the Champions League final on Saturday and even though we didn’t win, the Frenchman deserved to face the Reds.
Game of the season
Again, another tough decision to take. The first game at our new stadium will always be cherished but that didn’t have a lot of drama.
Tottenham’s three goals against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final second leg was an incredible game too.
Raheem Sterling’s goal was cancelled, thanks to VAR, and there were a lot of emotions as City were dumped out on away goals. However, the game of the season has to be the 3-2 win over Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena.
Lucas Moura scored an incredible hat-trick in the second half as we seemed to be going out of the tournament at the semi-final stage.
Ajax held a 3-0 aggregate lead at half-time in the Netherlands, however, Moura scored with practically the last kick of the game to take us into the final.
Cue wild celebrations with the travelling Tottenham fans, and it was one of the best games in football this season.
Player who failed to deliver
There were many players who failed to perform this but Keiran Trippier stands out as the unfortunate player that struggled the most.
The Englishman’s form dipped dramatically after an excellent performance in the World Cup with England.
The 28-year-old remained our first-choice right-back this season, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the former Burnley man.
Disappointment from the season
Not spending any money in two transfer windows. Tottenham shifted to their new stadium, albeit several months late, but we could have done with a few signings.
Pochettino’s hands were completely tied as he did a wonderful job with the players he had. Reaching a Champions League final without any new players is an incredible feat but we have to spend this season, else we will fall behind our rivals even more.
Goal of the season
Son scored an incredible goal against Man City in the Champions League at the Etihad but the winner has to be the South Korean’s effort against Chelsea as he blasted down the right, beat a couple of players and slotted the ball calmly.
Tottenham could have done better in the Premier League, but the lack of fresh faces, several injuries and tired players from the World Cup greatly affected our campaign.
Pochettino worked his magic by taking us to the Champions League final, and that is an incredible achievement.
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The Argentine is a gem and backing him in the transfer market should see us perform better next season.