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Lucas Moura’s hat-trick in Amsterdam will forever be in Champions League folklore, never mind Tottenham folklore, with his efforts dragging Tottenham to their first ever European Cup final. But the Brazilian has admitted he was left dismayed after not being selected to start the final, in an interview with Players Tribune.
With his side staring into the abyss in the Dutch capital – being three goals down to Ajax – Moura took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored a second half hat-trick to make history.
With the final on the cards, the majority expected the Brazilian to start the final as a reward for his efforts.
But manager Mauricio Pochettino started him on the bench, much to everyone’s surprise – and Lucas’s, too.
The former Paris Saint-Germain winger was left understandably upset at the decision – claiming the news ‘hit him like cold water’.
“What everyone says to me nowadays when I bump into fans in the street about the Ajax game is ‘Wow, you should have started the final, you should have started it’,” Lucas said.
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“Minutes before we left the hotel, there was the final prep talk and right after that we left for the stadium.
“The news hit me like cold water. I didn’t see that coming.
“Then you stop and think, ‘Hey, I could have played, I was supposed to start that game.'”
He eventually came on in the 66th minute, but Spurs were chasing the game and eventually fell victim to their poor start.
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He continued: “But at the time I was so determined and focused on being champion that it didn’t affect me too much at the time.
“Finals are tough man, it is a very tough game, it’s not always the prettiest game. Football, right?
“It was the most special moment in my career and perhaps the most special in the history of the club, the fans.”
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Tottenham went on to lose 2-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s men in Madrid after a first-minute Mohamed Salah opener and a last-gasp Divock Origi sealer.
And it left Tottenham waiting for their first major trophy since 2008 in their Carling Cup win over Chelsea.
The North London outfit had the chance to win the tournament again against Manchester City in April, but fell 1-0 to an Aymeric Laporte header at Wembley.
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