Lucas Moura has admitted that he has thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of his stay at Tottenham Hotspur, and it was a special feeling to play in front of the Spurs fans.
The Brazilian’s five-and-a-half-year spell at the club is set to come to an end this summer and while the 30-year-old has not always been a guaranteed starter for the club, he has worn his heart on his sleeve since the day he walked through those doors.
The winger admitted that he will look back particularly fondly on the 2018-19 season, when he helped Spurs to reach the Champions League final for the first time in their history with his heroics in Amsterdam.
Moura told Tottenham’s Matchday Programme ahead of the clash against Brentford (as relayed by Football.London): “I will try to speak and I will try to hold my tears.
“The experience that I had here along these five years – a lot of good games, good moments – I can say that I am very, very grateful because it was a pleasure to play here.
“That game against Ajax of course is the best moment in my career so far. It was unbelievable – three goals, a semi-final, the last goal in the last seconds with my left foot.
“I don’t know how to explain this. In football, we play for this kind of moment and I will keep this in my heart for my whole life.
“That 2018/19 season was brilliant – I think I scored 10 goals in the Premier League.
“I’ve always said that I’m not a striker, I’m not a number nine, I’m not a killer like Harry Kane, but I scored 10 goals in the Premier League, five goals in the Champions League and of course that semi-final – it was brilliant, amazing, my best season here in terms of numbers and then the Champions League Final itself.
“That season, the experiences that I had, I will never forget. I will show the videos to my kids in the future. It was very, very special.”
Moura admitted that the connection he built with the fans and his teammates at the club has been special, remarking that Tottenham will always have a place in his heart.
When asked what it meant to give so many Spurs fans one of the greatest moments in their recent memory, he responded: “This question is very hard to answer. I have enjoyed every day, every moment here.
“The teammates, the friends that I’ve made, the fans playing in our stadium. It was a gift and I will miss it a lot it will be difficult. I don’t want to think about my last day here, but the feeling is that I gave everything. If I have just one word to talk about it, it’s special.
“Five years with you, I don’t have words to thank you for the support, for the affection. I just need to say thank you. I will keep you in my heart forever.
“I love Spurs, it was a great adventure to play for you and you can be sure that every time that I was on the pitch I tried to make you happy.
“I tried my best, I gave 100 per cent every time to show to you my passion, how I love Spurs, how I love to play football and it was amazing to play for you. Thank you. I will keep supporting you. I will be Spurs forever.”
The former Paris Saint-Germain man admitted that he was heartbroken to lose the Champions League final to Liverpool but stated that he is proud of having a runners-up medal.
When asked about being left out of the starting eleven in Madrid against the Reds, he said: “That was a bit of a mix of emotions.
“Of course, I wanted to play, to start, but I was so focused on winning the game and lifting the trophy that I didn’t let anything affect me, so when I came on I just tried my best to help the team to win that game.
“Of course, it was a bad feeling at the end, I cried a lot because I was so eager to win – I wanted to win, of course, as everyone did – but [not starting], it didn’t affect me.
“I’m so proud of that [runners-up] medal because to play a Champions League Final is not for everyone.
“A lot of people want just to play in the Champions League but I could play in the Champions League Final, so even though we lost that game, I’m so, so proud of the campaign that we had.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The idea that football is only about winning trophies is a huge myth that has been created by modern social media fandom.
More than 90 per cent of clubs never have a chance of winning trophies but their supporters turn up in droves every week.
This is because the game is about moments of ecstasy, elation, and heartbreak as hardly anything else in life exposes one to such a range of different emotions as the beautiful game does.
The feeling of unbridled joy and euphoria when Moura scored the match-winner against Ajax will remain in the memories of Spurs fans for the rest of their lives.
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