Unfortunately, sport can often be just as much about what could have been as it is about the memories of winning, particularly in the recent history of Tottenham Hotspur.
Although the Pochettino era brought with it some incredible landmark moments in the club’s history, on a rollercoaster ride of emotion, there were no trophies to show for it.
Kieran Trippier, who now plays for Atletico Madrid in Spain, saw his Spurs career end in the biggest of all defeats, the Champions League Final.
Trippier broke into the side off the back of the Kyle Walker sale to Man City, before becoming an England hero in the Russia World Cup back in 2018.
But a mixture of injuries and poor form saw the right-back live out his final year at Spurs swamped in criticism from fans, failing to fulfil the promise he’d shown in Russia.
Trippier has now revealed what he would do differently at Tottenham if given his time again.
He said (BBC Sport): “It was difficult, you know you’re not playing well and you’re still getting picked. You’re struggling with injuries, which I was probably from October.
“But obviously to play in big games, in Champions League games getting to the final, you want to play in the big games, so maybe I was a bit selfish at times where I should have just took a step back and thought of the team more.
“I was playing through pain and obviously I didn’t have the best of seasons I have openly admitted about that but I’m happy I went through a difficult time like that, because if it happens again I know how to control it.
“I’m at the perfect place now which I think it was the right time for me to move on.”
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