Tottenham Hotspur was a big dark horse in this season Champions League competitions.
But unexpectedly, Mauricio Pochettino’s squad was able to survive until reaching the final round.
Spurs are the only ‘Big Six’ Premier League club that was passive in the summer transfer market.
So, many are convinced that the team nicknamed The Lilywhites will have difficulties in domestic competition, instead of expecting them reaching the Champions League final.
However, Harry Kane and co successfully answer the public doubts.
Now they have reached the final and will face another English club, Liverpool, at Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday (2/6).
Ahead of the match which is predicted to run fiercely, it’s good for football fans to look back on Tottenham’s journey to reach the final.
Spurs entered the group of hell, namely Group B, along with other strong teams such as Inter Milan (Italy), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), and Barcelona (Spain).
The later was often referred to as the strongest candidate for the winner this season.
Spurs’s first three matches ended badly. Spurs are only able to get one point, which was achieved when they meeting PSV in the third week.
Their first win finally came from the same opponent the following month.
The Goddess of Luck sided with Tottenham. In the last week, The Lilywhites managed to hold Barcelona with a score of 1-1.
Incidentally, Inter Milan, which performances declined from the third week, also only could manage a draw against PSV. As a result, Spurs managed to occupy the second position.
The following are the complete results of the Group B phase match which Spurs did:
(9/18) Inter Milan 2-1 Tottenham
(4/10) Tottenham 2-4 Barcelona
(10/24) PSV Eindhoven 2-2 Tottenham
(7/11) Tottenham 2-1 PSV Eindhoven
(11/29) Tottenham 1-0 Inter Milan
(12/12) Barcelona 1-1 Tottenham
Big 16 and Quarter Final
The Lilywhites also drove, and immediately met with the giant club from Germany, Borussia Dortmund.
They immediately won slick results in the first leg which took place at Wembley (14/2) with a landslide victory 3-0.
The positive trend continued into the second leg at the Westfalenstadion (6/3). Spurs successfully won a narrow 1-0 victory and made the aggregate change to 4-0.
The Lilywhites were declared to qualify for the quarter-finals.
The real challenge comes. The London City club was reunited with another English giants, Manchester City.
Spurs was truly consider as the dark horse because the team managed by Josep Guardiola was very strong in the Premier League.
Unexpectedly, they managed to steal the victory with a thin score 1-0 in the first leg.
In the second match, Christian Eriksen and co managed to score goals so that, despite losing 3-4, they were still declared to qualified by the away goal system.
Spurs met with Dutch representatives, Ajax Amsterdam, in the semifinals.
They were still consider as the dark horse team in this match. The reason was, Ajax was in its best condition after successfully getting rid of two winner candidates, Real Madrid and Juventus.
The first leg, which took place at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, ended with a narrow 1-0 defeat.
The only goal of Donny van de Beek made Tottenham’s trip almost end in the semifinals.
But again, Tottenham was shaded by the Goddess of Luck. They won a narrow 3-2 victory at the return match in amsterdam.
Indeed, the aggregate of the two teams was 3-3. But the Lilywhites were declared winners because of the regulation of away goals again.
Final: Meeting vs Liverpool statistics
This was the third time Tottenham have to meet with Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.
The previous two matches were held in the Premier League, where Liverpool managed to sweep away with victory.
Three of the last five meetings against Liverpool ended in defeat for Tottenham.
And only once did they win, precisely in 2017 with a score that was quite a landslide, 4-1.
The public has the right to consider Tottenham as a dark horse in the match this time. Because, Liverpool are also in a very top of their condition.
The club nicknamed the Reds forced Manchester City to win the Premier League trophy until the last week.
While Tottenham must surrender to sit in fourth place. Previously, The Lilywhites had occupied third place for several weeks.
Unfortunately, Spurs performance declined slightly until their position was able to be overtaken by Chelsea.
Below is the latest highlight video of Tottenham journey to Madrid: