Tottenham would have beaten Liverpool in the Champions League final if Mousa Dembele hadn’t been sold months earlier, according to Kieran Trippier. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Dembele left Spurs for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F midway through last season having succumbed to fitness and injury problems – issues that had made it difficult for the midfielder to play more than once a week in the first half of the campaign.
Despite losing one of the most important players of the Mauricio Pochettino era, Tottenham managed to reach the Champions League final via incredible knockout victories over Manchester City and Ajax. But the final was one game too far for the Londoners, who fell to a cruel defeat to Liverpool in Madrid.
Trippier, who followed Dembele out the exit door last summer, started in the final but could do nothing as Liverpool saw off Spurs at his new home, Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Speaking on The Beautiful Game Podcast, as relayed by Football London, Trippier expressed the opinion that Tottenham would have had a better chance of beating Liverpool with Dembele in the team.
“For me, I felt personally it was about selling Mousa Dembele,” said the defender. He was the best player I’ve at any point played with. For me, you can’t supplant him.
We sold him in January. I don’t think about his circumstance and perhaps he needed to go however I for one feel that if we’d saved him for that additional four or five months and let him go on a free in the late spring we would have done a ton, parcel better.
“I think we would have won the final.”
In reality, it’s impossible to say if Spurs would have even reached the final if Dembele had stayed, as it took a very specific set of circumstances for Pochettino’s men to get past Manchester City and Ajax. But it would be fair say Tottenham have been a worse team since Dembele left.
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