It is exactly 24-hours since I arrived at Seven Sisters station to attend the screening event at the new stadium; time to reflect on one of the worst nights of my life.
Tottenham Hotspur have been on an incredible journey this season, from within touching distance of group stage elimination to the heights of the final.
Spurs came through as underdogs time and time again, beating Borussia Dortmund, Man City, and Ajax on the route to the final.
And, who should they meet there but a fellow Premier League team. A team they had gone toe-to-toe with twice already this season, narrowly losing both times.
Unfortunately, Liverpool completed the hat-trick, and sadly, at the moment at least, the journey does little to ease my pain.
No matter how much you over-achieve to reach a final, and no matter whether you are favourites or underdogs as we were, it still stings beyond belief to fall at the final hurdle.
For me, the worst part is that Liverpool played poorly. Once grabbing the early freak penalty, they defended for their lives, limiting attacks to the odd breakaway.
Unfortunately, on the night, Spurs were equally disappointing. After all the preparation, trials, and tribulations, it seemed as if the squad had nothing left to give.
They dominated possession, but lacked the final touch, the killer instinct, the injection of pace and drive.
I can’t say that I believe we deserved to lose, as I think neither team showed enough to lift the trophy in those 90 minutes, and that’s what hurts the most. The what could have been.
Who knows when the club will be back in that kind of position. Who knows if this crop of players will ever lift a major trophy. Who knows when Spurs as a club will next get their hands on silverware.
The journey will live with me forever, but, unfortunately, without a happy ending. A memorable journey or a wasted chance, I can’t help but feel it is a bit of both, and I will forever look back on this Champions League season with a strange mixture of fondness and resentment.
Still, we got here together. And, if we are to make it here again, we do that together too.
Come on you Spurs.
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