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Tottenham season review 2018-19: Highs and lows throughout as campaign ends in disappointment

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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.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane in the 2019 Champions League final

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.

Final words

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.

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La Liga giants to submit last-minute £60m offer for this out-of-contract Tottenham star

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Spurs transfer news: Madrid prepare £60m bid for Tottenham’s Eriksen

The Sun claims that Real Madrid will make a last-minute £60m offer to land Christian Eriksen.

The Dane is out of a contract at the end of the season and the report claims that Real see Eriksen as a replacement for Luka Modric.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen celebrates against Everton

The 27-year-old is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and started in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Saturday.

Daniel Levy doesn’t want to lose big players on a free and the report adds Madrid will try to use this and land Eriksen just before the end of the transfer window on 2 September.

Tottenham did not allow Mousa Dembele to leave on a free last season and the Belgian was sold in the winter window.

Spurs can sell players till 2 September to foreign clubs but cannot buy until the winter window.

Spurs cannot lose Eriksen on a free

This is a tough situation for Spurs as replacing a talent like Eriksen will not be easy.

However, it is better to sell him now and get some decent money in rather than losing him on a free.

Eriksen could also sign for a Premier League club next season, and strengthening our rivals is the last thing we should be doing next season.

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Getting £60m might not be the most best deal for a player of Eriksen’s ability, but it is better than losing him on a free to a Premier League rival.

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Pochettino pleased with 2-2 Man City draw but explains why teams cannot be compared

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Latest Spurs news: Pochettino explains why Tottenham cannot be compared with City after 2-2 draw

Mauricio Pochettino was pleased after picking up a point against Manchester City at the Etihad.

The home side dominated the game and seemed to have won the tie in the final moments when Gabriel Jesus smashed the ball into the net.

However, the goal was ruled out after VAR confirmed Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball in the build-up to the effort.

Tottenham were second best for most of the evening but took their chances.

Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura were the saviours for Spurs and Pochettino admitted that Manchester City were better and his side needs to improve further (h/t Football.london).

The Argentine even suggested that the team isn’t settled enough as the transfer window is still active, and explained why Tottenham’s situation could not be compared to that of City’s (h/t Football.london):

“That is never easy and we face today the last Premier League winner, for the past two seasons. They are a very consistent team, improving every season, signing players that came from different teams who were winning, like Cancelo from Juventus.

“We are in a different process. That is why we cannot compare both teams.”

Poch highlights Tottenham’s spirit

The manager also spoke about the “faith and belief” in the side as they twice came from behind to draw level.

However, Pochettino reiterated that his team needs to improve but was happy with four points from two games so far.

Getting anything against City is an achievement these days and even if we rode our luck a bit, a point has to be celebrated.

Tottenham didn’t start Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon in this game, so there should be more to come from the side.

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Son Heung-min should be back from his suspension soon, and it will be interesting to see how we play with a full-strength side.

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“Announce VAR new contract”, “VAR MOTM” – Some Tottenham fans react hilariously to 2-2 draw with Manchester City

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Latest Spurs news: Last-minute drama helps Tottenham earn point against Man City

The latest instalment of the Tottenham v Manchester City rivalry had lots of drama, once again, right at the end.

Last season’s Champions League encounter at the Etihad will remain etched in memory, but this was another battle that cannot be forgotten.

Manchester City started the game in red hot form as they cut our defence easily. Jan Vertonghen did not start again and Davinson Sanchez was having some problems, like the rest of the team.

Lucas Moura

Raheem Sterling got the opener after a delicious cross from Kevin de Bruyne but we were back in it after Erik Lamela caught Ederson out of position with a curling effort.

The home side then took the lead after a great finish from Sergio Aguero but there was more to come in the second half.

Moura magic from a corner

Spurs were being outplayed in the attacking third by City and we needed some luck to stay in the game.

Lucas Moura was brought on in the second half and he ran towards the box for a corner. The Brazilian then rose highest and headed the ball past the City keeper.

Moura had scored just 19 seconds after coming on and there were wild celebrations in the 56th minute.

City huffed and puffed in the final minutes, and it seemed that Gabriel Jesus had given them the winner in the dying moments of the game.

However, VAR confirmed that Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball in the build-up and the effort was cancelled out.

Many Tottenham fans were relieved at getting the draw while some thanked VAR for helping with the result.

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“Absolute legend”, “You beautiful bald hero” – Some Spurs fans react to star’s hilarious tweet after 2-2 draw with Man City

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Latest Spurs news: Moura has the perfect tweet regarding his goal against Man City

Lucas Moura didn’t start for Tottenham in their draw against Manchester City, but the Brazilian came off the bench to have a telling moment.

It was surprising to see the attacker on the bench with Erik Lamela getting the nod in the XI. Manchester City started the game in all-out attack mode and soon scored via Raheem Sterling.

Kevin de Bruyne was having a brilliant first half as he found space time and again and made us pay with some delicious crosses.

Lucas Moura

However, Lamela soon equalised after he caught out Ederson with a curling effort. City then restored their lead when De Bruyne found Sergio Aguero before half-time.

Moura was brought on in the second half and the Brazilian made an instant impact.

Fans go crazy after Moura’s introduction

City might have dominated the game but Tottenham took their chances to keep them at bay.

There was some controversy right at the end with Gabriel Jesus celebrating the winner, but the goal was ruled out as Aymeric Laporte had handled the ball just before the Brazilian struck.

This brought back memories of the Champions League clash from last season, and VAR was on our side once again.

Moura certainly had a great impact coming off the bench and it was surprising that he out-jumped several City defenders to head in the second equaliser.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian had a great tweet regarding his introduction and here are some of the reactions from the Spurs fans to Moura’s message.

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