Lucas Leaves it Late
Being a Spurs fan comes with its challenges but for all of the heartbreak and frustration, there are those moments that make you realise it was all worthwhile. Wednesday’s Champions League semi final second leg was one of those and now, Tottenham are heading into uncharted territory.
We’ve never been to the final of this competition before – either following its rebranding as the Champions League or in its previous guise as the European Cup. Waiting to take us on are old rivals Liverpool but for now, we’re still buzzing in the wake of that incredible result.
If you ever doubt what this means to players and staff, take a trawl through social media and look at some post-match videos. Firstly, there is a brilliant fans-capture of the winning goal, taken all the way from Andre Onana’s time wasting up to the wild celebrations as the ball hit the back of the net.
Then there is Mauricio’s post-game interview where the tears eventually flow. Follow that up with Lucas, interviewed in his native Brazilian and failing to hold back his tears when he hears local commentary on that final moment.
It’s spine-tingling stuff and if you want to keep the winning feeling going, spend some time on Twitter checking all the updates.
There is some trepidation over facing Liverpool in a European final. This season’s games against Jurgen Klopp’s side resulted in two league defeats although we would have taken a point home from Anfield had it not been for Hugo Lloris’ late blunder.
There was even some comment from a small number of Spurs fans ahead of the game in Amsterdam, suggesting they would rather lose in a semi than go on and suffer defeat to Liverpool in Madrid. We sort of get the point but that scenario would have robbed us of one of the greatest and most emotional nights in the club’s history.
That said, it will be a difficult night in Madrid but after reflection and celebration, we’ll just start with the business of confirming UCL football for next season
Football fans can be a fickle bunch and I don’t think we’re any better or worse than any other club. However, it’s amusing to look back over social media and see some of the criticism levelled at Lucas Moura in the first half. It wasn’t quite as severe as the vitriol aimed at Kieran Trippier and Victor Wanyama but he copped for some and answered it in the best possible fashion.
When all players are fit, and admittedly that’s a rarity, it’s difficult to see where the Brazilian fits in but should we make it a priority to find a space for him? Two hat tricks in recent times have taken his tally to 15 for the season and he can be a big game player with important strikes against Manchester United, Barcelona and now Ajax.
That’s a question for the future and something of a side issue following last night’s incredible game. For now, let’s just enjoy being Spurs fans and look ahead to closing out the season in the best way possible.