‘The culmination of my career’ – Spurs star opens up on painful Champions League final

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Tottenham forward, Lucas Moura, has admitted that he cried a lot after the Lilywhites were beaten by Liverpool in the final of the Champions League last season.

Spurs fell to a 2-0 defeat on the night as goals from Mo Salah and Divock Origi saw the Reds crowned as European champions for the sixth time in their history.

The Lilywhites endured an extremely frustrating night as they were unable to convert their possession into clear cut chances, while a fine performance from Alisson in the Liverpool ensured that any chances Spurs did fashion stayed out.

Moura suffered an even more frustrating night than most as he had to settle for a place on the bench despite his heroics in the semifinals against Ajax.

The Brazilian, who came on as a second-half substitute in the final, told Esporte Interativo (as translated by Sport Witness): “It was a blow to be on the bench in the final. That moment was the culmination of my career, that ecstasy for what had happened in the semi-finals.

“I believed very much that we would be champion. It hurt a lot to lose that title. I cried a lot.

“But then, after the sadness, I just have to be thankful for the season I had. Not even defeat in the final will erase the beauty of the season.”

The 27-year-old also spoke about the ecstasy he felt after netting his hat-trick in the semifinals, insisting that the players always believed that they would get the better of Ajax.

Moura added: “After the first leg against Ajax I was still convinced (they’d make the final).

“Pochettino said we needed a goal to get back into the game. We did the first one right at the start and the other one in the sequence.

“We had 30 minutes to score a goal. The impossible had already become possible. But I didn’t think it would be the last second of the game.

“At the end of the game, I thought to stay close to the area and see what happened. Llorente knocked it on, Alli took a touch, and I kicked what I saw in front of me.

“It still gives me goosebumps to talk about it now. I didn’t know what to do in the celebration. It was a crazy thing to do. Only football can give you that rush.?”

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Despite our failure to beat Liverpool in the final, the journey to get to Madrid was something truly special. Like most Spurs fans, I experienced emotions that I never have in all my years of following the Lilywhites, during our amazing journey last year. Hopefully, it is not too long before we reach the final again and have another shot at glory.

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