Six years at Tottenham, the exit of Pochettino and the dissolution of a “special” team – .

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Six years at Tottenham, the exit of Pochettino and the dissolution of a “special” team – .


Alderweireld was part of Pochettino’s latest exodus of Tottenham players over the summer, joining Qatari club Al-Duhail after six years, 236 appearances, two title challenges, two FA Cup semi-finals, one League Cup final, a Champions League final and no trophies in North London.

“No, no, I don’t think the club can regret anything. I think they did wonders, ”says Alderweireld in an interview with Sport standard.

“You don’t know everything that goes on in a club. It is not Football Manager. I know for sure that [chairman Daniel] Levy gave 100 percent for the club. It’s good that they’re not happy with where they are now. The structure is there to be one of the biggest clubs in the world. Maybe they need more time. I know in football there is no time but I don’t think the club should have done anything else.
“How many times do you see clubs investing too much and then they are in trouble? Spurs know what it’s like to be healthy.
“Of course it will always say ‘no silverware’ and I understand that. But it’s a wonderful time in Spurs history. I think the fans will like to think about it.
Alderweireld clearly likes to reflect on his six years with Spurs, especially the four and a half seasons with Pochettino’s well-established and hard-working squad.
The Belgian raves about his fondest memory, the Champions League semi-final in his former club Ajax. Like all Spurs fans, he watched the footage over and over again, devouring every new angle of Lucas Moura’s hat-trick in the second half.
“We finished: 2-0 [down], in total 3-0, ”said Alderweireld. “If you think about it, where do we get our hope from here? But Pochettino said we have to change, we are going all or nothing. When I think about it now, it’s like, ‘3-0… impossible!’ But for some reason, we were like, “Yeah, let’s go! It was very special. I think one of the best games in football history.

Alderweireld celebrates after Spurs beat Ajax to reach Champions League final in 2019
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Six months later, in November 2019, Pochettino was unemployed, sacked by Spurs and replaced overnight by Jose Mourinho.

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