Kieran Trippier opens up on selfish end to Tottenham career
English right-back Kieran Trippier spent four seasons at right-back. The marauding full-back made 114 appearances to Tottenham and scored 2 goals and 24 assists.
Last season was a mixed bag for the English international. Though Spurs reached the Champions League final, he never fully recovered from a groin injury sustained at the World Cup with England and struggled throughout the campaign.
He quit Tottenham last summer and joined Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. Trippier has enjoyed a good run of games under Diego Simeone and has now opened up on his final months at Spurs which he calls ‘selfish’.
Speaking on Football Focus (h/t Evening Standard), Trippier revealed what went on in his final few months in North London. He admitted to being affected by his injuries and being unable to perform at the required level.
“It was difficult. You know you’re not playing well and you’re still getting picked”
In spite of not being at his best, Trippier kept playing important games, especially in Europe. He would also go on to play the complete 90 minutes in the final against Liverpool.
He admits that it would have been better for the club had he decided to take a step back. Instead, he wished to keep playing and kept going in what he describes as a ‘selfish’ decision.
Trippier reveals that he played through pain. He also seems to have learned his lesson and revealed that he knows how to control himself if he has to go through something similar again.
Trippier also believes he made the right decision to move abroad and join Atletico Madrid. He has flourished under the guidance of Diego Simeone at the Wanda Metropolitano.
“I didn’t want to come to the end of my career and regret not going abroad.”
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He did, however, get revenge for the loss to Liverpool by knocking the Reds out of Europe. Although not one of us anymore, it is good to see him do well in Spain.