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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.

Tottenham players celebrate

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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“I’ve seen scouts from Tottenham” – Dutch expert confirms Spurs scouted 22-year-old Euro star this season

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Spurs transfer news: Dutch expert confirms Tottenham scouted Donny van de Beek

Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan believes Donny van de Beek is keen on a move to the Premier League.

The 22-year-old was impressive for Ajax last season as they won the Eredivisie title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek

Van de Beek scored some crucial goals for the Dutch giants, such as the winner against Tottenham in the first leg of the semi-final.

The expert added that the midfielder has been scouted by many Premier League clubs including Tottenham (h/t Express):

“I’ve seen scouts from Tottenham, Man Utd, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle all at the Amsterdam ArenA looking at him.”

Van Der Kraan added that the Ajax star was watched several times, and would be the ideal back-up for Premier League teams.

“He’s an ideal player for the Premier League, he’s got the skills like most Ajax players, he’s got a big tank, he can run all day.

“But all these clubs have a priority list and van de Beek seems the perfect back-up for the big clubs.”

Van de Beek wants Premier League action

Van der Kraan claimed that the midfielder has the best chance of sealing a move from Ajax, and believed the Premier League might interest him:

“I think he’s keen for the Premier League, more than the German or Italian leagues.”

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The Guardian reported that Mauricio Pochettino wants Van de Beek at Spurs and hopefully, we can land the Dutch international.

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“I was being linked with Tottenham” – £60m England star responds to rumours about his future

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Spurs transfer news: James Maddison isn’t fazed by rumours of him leaving Leicester City

Leicester City star James Maddison isn’t being distracted by transfer talk after a great season. The England star swapped Norwich for Leicester at the start of the campaign and scored seven goals in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old also assisted seven goals in the league and was recently asked about his £60m price-tag by Sky Sports News (h/t Football.london).

James Maddison

James Maddison

The youngster claimed that he had been linked with Tottenham in the past and that he was taking all of this in his stride (h/t Football.london):

“No, you have just got to ignore that and take it all in your stride. As a 17 year-old boy I’d started five games for Coventry and saw on my phone that I was being linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.

“With transfer talk you need to take it as a compliment that people are even talking about you, it won’t distract me.”

Maddison is participating in the U21 Euros and is one of the stars to keep an eye on.

Midfielder in no rush to leave Leicester

Jacob Steinberg of the Guardian tweeted regarding Maddison a few days ago and claimed that the English star is in no rush to leave.

The journalist added that Tottenham are interested in the midfielder, however, Liverpool, Manch0ester United and Manchester City are also keeping track of the 22-year-old.

Steinberg claimed that the Foxes could finish above United and Maddison has to choose the right club for his future.

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Maddison made the transition from the Championship to the Premier League without breaking a sweat, and it will be interesting to see when he takes the step away from Leicester.

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Great news for Tottenham as star rejects advances from Man United over a summer move

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Spurs transfer news: Journalist claims Christian Eriksen has rejected a move to Manchester United

Journalist Tom McDermott (h/t Sun) reports that Tottenham star Christian Eriksen has rejected a move to Manchester United.

The Danish international is out of a contract at the end of next season, and recently told Ekstra Bladet that he wants a new challenge (h/t Sun):

“I feel like I am in a place in my career where I might want to try something new. I have the wildest and deepest respect for everything that has happened at Tottenham.”

Christian Eriksen (C) celebrates with Fernando Llorente and Dele Alli

Eriksen is one our best players but prefers a move to Spain, according to McDermott’s tweet (h/t Sun):

“Told that #MUFC did ask about Christian Eriksen but it was a “no” from the Dane and his team. Spain is his first choice, but Solskjaer’s problem is attracting players.”

The Dane helped us reach the Champions League final last season, but we ended up on the losing side.

La Liga giants interested in Eriksen

The Sun adds that Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested in signing the Danish midfielder, however, Paul Pogba could throw a spanner in the works.

Marca (h/t Football.london) reports that Zinedine Zidane wants to sign the French midfielder from Manchester United.

The report claims that the Real Madrid manager is uninterested in signing Eriksen or any other midfielder as he sets his sights on Pogba.

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This could be even better news for us as Eriksen could remain at Tottenham. Daniel Levy would have to work his magic and get the Dane to sign a new deal as losing the Dane for free would be a major mistake.

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Championship club will pocket a huge amount should this Tottenham star leave

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Spurs transfer news: Leeds United to receive massive windfall should Danny Rose be sold

Danny Rose has been linked with a move away from Tottenham (h/t Sun), and the Englishman’s departure could see Leeds United receive a sizeable amount.

The left-back joined Spurs from Leeds for £1m (h/t Leeds Live) in 2007 and could be sold for £30m (h/t Leeds Live).

Harry Winks and Danny Rose of Tottenham

Danny Rose and Harry Winks

This would be great news for Leeds as the Championship club will receive “10 per cent of any profit on top of the £1m” that he was bought for, according to the report.

The English left-back became our first-choice in the second half of the previous campaign, however, the Sun claims that Mauricio Pochettino is open to replacing Rose.

The left-back hasn’t always been consistent in the past two years, but still gave it his all for the club.

Pochettino targeting a younger star

The Sun claims that Pochettino wants to sign Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham as a long-term replacement for Rose.

Ryan Sessegnon

Ryan Sessegnon

The 19-year-old was relegated from the Premier League after just one season with the Cottagers and Spurs could pay £35million for the talented youngster.

Getting £30m for Rose would be an excellent deal given that he turns 29 soon.

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Signing Sessegnon for just a few million more will be great as we would end up with a younger player with a lot of potential.

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