One year on, Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has been speaking about Spurs’ epic 4-3 defeat at Manchester City in the Champions League, which saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men progress to the last-four courtesy of the away goals rule.
BT Sport showed a re-run of the game on Tuesday evening and after the match finished, the Belgian joined both Jake Humphrey and Jermaine Jenas live to talk about a whirlwind 90 minutes before answering a host of questions.
However, despite describing the game as one of the best nights of his life, the fact that Tottenham were unable to go on and win the Champions League means that Alderweireld still thinks of that famous night at the Etihad Stadium as slightly bitter-sweet.
Talking live on BT Sport, the Spurs defender said: “It hurts a little bit, because it reminds me of the final. For a Spurs fan, for anyone that loves Spurs, it’s one of the best nights in their lifetime.
“Everyone just screamed and couldn’t believe it. Before the game everyone was talking that Spurs won 1-0 at home, but City will do it at their place. We did something unbelievable. It was a full package and everyone was delighted to go to the semi-finals.”
Alderweireld was asked what was said to Christian Eriksen after the game after the Danish international almost cost Spurs their semi-final place after gifting the ball to Sergio Aguero, who picked out Raheem Sterling deep into stoppage-time, only for VAR to come to Tottenham’s rescue moments later.
He said: “When we came in the dressing room, he said ‘thank god that VAR was there,’ just clear the ball, just kick it. It was very lucky for us, very lucky for VAR.”
You can see other parts of the interview in the video below.
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• Eriksen getting off the hook!@AlderweireldTob answers your questions on a crazy game against Man City to reach the Champions League semi-final ⚽️#UCLThrowbacks pic.twitter.com/Uqevm1VJ21
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 15, 2020