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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.

Harry Winks and Danny Rose of Tottenham

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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Premier League manager confirms that 22-year-old Tottenham target could be sold for the right price

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Tottenham target James Maddison would be sold if the right bid is submitted

Leicester City star James Maddison has been on the up since his move from Norwich City.

The 22-year-old midfielder is one of the most creative players in the Premier League and was recently called up to the senior England squad.

Moving from the Championship to the Premier League was a seamless transition for the youngster, and Football.london reports that Maddison was linked with Tottenham in the summer.

James Maddison
James Maddison

The report adds that Manchester United were also keen on the Englishman and speculation about his future will continue until January.

Leicester decided to sell Harry Maguire for a record fee in the summer and Brendan Rodgers told that the Foxes could be tempted to sell other stars for the right price. The former Liverpool manager was quoted by Leicester Live saying (h/t Football.london):

“In a player’s career, there will always be that temptation.

“This is a club that doesn’t want to sell its best players, but of course, if there’s a valuation that is met, which meets what the club perceive the player to be worth, then there will be a discussion.”

However, Rodgers didn’t want to lead teams on with bids for Maddison just yet:

“But it’s not something we want to invite. James is very much a talented player for us.

“He still has lots of improvements to make as a young player.”

Rodgers added that he was a “realist” and knew how the market works, but wanted to keep hold of his starlets.

A perfect player for Spurs?

Maddison would be a wonderful addition to the side and given Mauricio Pochettino’s history of working with young players, we would see the best out of the Englishman.

The 22-year-old has to keep on producing the goods in the midfield, and he should get a big move sooner than later.

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Hopefully, Spurs can beat off competition from the likes of United and land Maddison.

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Tottenham could be handed major boost with three stars set to return for Leicester clash

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Tottenham could see three defenders return for Leicester City clash

Tottenham have to dust themselves off after the 2-2 draw against Olympiakos as they face Leicester City at the weekend.

The 4-0 win over Crystal Palace seems long gone in memory as we squandered a 2-0 lead in Greece on Wednesday.

Our Champions League campaign hasn’t started off well and neither has our Premier League season.

Apart from some unexpected results, Tottenham have had injury concerns, but Football.london reports that Danny Rose and Serge Aurier should be back in action against the Foxes.

The pair was left behind for the clash against Olympiakos in midweek as Mauricio Pochettino is expected to rotate his side in the coming weeks.

The return of Foyth

Juan Foyth hasn’t played a minute for Spurs this campaign after injuring his ankle during pre-season.

The versatile defender, who can play as a centre-back or right-back, is also expected to make his return to the team against the Foxes. The Sun reports that the Argentine has returned to full training and is in line to make his debut on Saturday.

Foyth could solve our right-back problems as Davinson Sanchez’s move to that position hasn’t worked out all that well.

Having Rose and Aurier on the opposite sides should provide us with a greater attacking threat from the full-back positions while Foyth’s natural position is central defence.

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Tottenham have to be wary of the threat possessed by Leicester. The Foxes have already done well against Chelsea this season, and it will be interesting to see how we fare at the King Power stadium.

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“Just drop him”, “Disgrace” – Some Tottenham fans lash out at key star after Olympiakos draw

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Tottenham fans lash out at Christian Eriksen after poor performance against Olympiakos

Tottenham’s start in the Champions League didn’t go as planned as they threw away a two-goal lead against Olympiakos.

Spurs had more talented players compared to their opponents, but the home side showed a lot of spirit and heart as they clawed back from 2-0 down.

Things started brightly for us as we scored via Harry Kane and Lucas Moura. We didn’t play all that well but a team with our quality should have been able to keep the opposition at bay and close out the game.

Christian Eriksen

However, Daniel Podence got one back for the hosts before Mathieu Valbuena scored from the spot in the second half. The game opened up a bit in the final minutes as both teams tried to get the third goal, but we had to be content with a point from the first game.

There were several Tottenham players who struggled on the night but some fans picked on one player in particular.

Eriksen has a tough night in Greece

The Dane hasn’t been consistent this season, and it will be interesting to see how he responds at the weekend against Leicester City. Eriksen’s future is also in doubt as the midfielder is out of a contract at the end of the season, and he could leave on a free transfer next summer.

Many Tottenham fans were frustrated with the performance of the 27-year-old and lashed out at the Dane on Twitter.

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Spanish expert explains why Tottenham star didn’t join Real Madrid in the summer despite agreeing on terms

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Guillem Balague explains why Christian Eriksen didn’t join Real Madrid in the summer

Guillem Balague highlighted Zinedine Zidane’s struggles at Real Madrid this season after the Frenchman took the job again. The legend left Real at the start of the previous campaign only to be reinstated after a run of poor results.

Real haven’t been all that great this season either and were beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last night.

Tottenham also didn’t fare too well as we drew with Olympiakos on the night as several stars struggled.

Christian Eriksen was one of the stars who failed to do the job for Spurs, and Balague wrote in his BBC column that Madrid had agreed on terms with the Dane.

The Spanish expert suggested that the deal didn’t take place because Zidane wanted Paul Pogba, but the inability to sell other players also was an issue (h/t BBC):

“The club had agreed terms with Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek, but Zidane stopped the moves because Pogba was the midfielder he wanted.

“The reality is that Zidane and the club were hoping to sell Isco, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, but no offers were forthcoming.”

The expert further added that Manchester United had no intention of selling Pogba in the summer, and Zidane is using the current players to prove they aren’t good enough.

Eriksen wasn’t the only player struggling last night

The Dane wasn’t the only Spurs star struggling in the previous game with our defence all over the place.

We were slightly fortunate not to concede a third goal and need to improve at the back.

Eriksen is a free agent at the end of the season, and it will be interesting to see what happens with him in the January window.

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Spurs could sell him in the winter window or lose him for nothing next summer.

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