Tanguy Ndombele has said Tottenham were “unlucky” in the Champions League final and believes he can help the team to “do even better” in Europe this season.
It’s almost two months since Spurs lost to Liverpool in Madrid, going down to an early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late Divock Origi strike.
Ndombele’s countryman and new teammate Moussa Sissoko was unfortunate to give away the spot-kick that set the tone of the game.
The French duo recently gave an interview to Football London, covering their friendship and their aims for the 2019/20 campaign with Tottenham.
Ndombele was asked about Spurs’ incredible Champions League run, and the 22-year-old suggested the defeat in the final was down to bad luck more than anything else.
“I watched the semi-final,” Ndombele said. “I didn’t believe we could do it, especially when we were losing. When I saw Lucas scoring the hat-trick, it was crazy but we deserved to be in the final.
“In the final, it was complicated. We were unlucky. That’s football. This year we’ll try to do even better than last year.”
Ndombele impressed in the Champions League last term, performing brilliantly against Manchester City at the Etihad in the group stages.
That display may have been one of the reasons behind Tottenham’s interest in the former Lyon star, who became the Londoners’ record signing earlier this month.
He made the perfect start to his Spurs career, providing an assist in Sunday’s 3-2 friendly victory over Juventus – watch here.
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