Kieran Trippier has praised the resilience of his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates and the backroom staff after the club secured their place in the Champions League final for the first time in their history.
The right-back endured a tough first 45 minutes against Ajax on Tuesday night when he played a significant part in both of the Dutch side’s goals which saw them race to a 3-0 aggregate advantage.
A spirited second half performance from Spurs, including an improvement from Trippier who delivered the ball into the penalty area before the scramble for the ball followed for Tottenham’s second goal.
Trippier has come under serious scrutiny this season from supporters and those involved in the media for his sub-standard performances which have came on the back of an impressive showing for England at last summer’s World Cup.
Spurs have had to endure playing away from home at Wembley, failing to sign any fresh faces in the previous two transfer windows as well as suffering injuries to key personnel during the campaign – something which Trippier was keen to point out.
“This is the squad we have got,” Trippier told the Standard. “We’ve got the right manager, the right staff.
“We didn’t sign anybody for two transfer windows, had a lot of players injured. I think nearly everybody in the squad has had an injury for two weeks [during the season].
“Playing at Wembley wasn’t easy,” he added. “I’m sure it wasn’t easy for the fans as well.
“I thought people might have written us off but we have done exceptionally well to be where we are and we have got to be proud of ourselves. We’ve had loads of people write us off but we just keep on going.
“When we have had so many injuries this season, people have stepped up, even 3-0 down at half-time [on Wednesday] we just kept on going, kept on believing and got that next goal.”
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