Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the final of the Champions League on Saturday night, and after the match their fans were left to rue a key decision which turned out to have a big impact on the destiny of the trophy.
Spurs went into their maiden European climax up against it, taking on the side who pushed Manchester City all the way in the Premier League title race this season.
The build up to the match centred round whether Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would recall Harry Kane, who missed the last two months of the campaign with injury, or stick with the men who won the day in Amsterdam in the semi-final.
Although Spurs faded towards the end of the domestic season, they had been playing quite well in Kane’s absence, so it was a bigger decision than it might have seemed on paper.
Pochettino did go with Kane, but the Tottenham forward struggled to get into the game. Whether that was down to not being match fit or just the occasion and the fact that neither he nor his teammates performed on the big stage, only those involved will know, but it begs the question of whether the right choice was made.
Ultimately an early penalty from Mo Salah and a late second from substitute Divock Origi condemned Spurs to their fate, and left their supporters wondering what might have been.
Many of those Tottenham fans took to social media after the contest to reflect on how things went, but there was no getting away from the big subject of the evening.
That was whether the iconic Spurs striker would have been selected in the starting XI. Most supporters seemed to think that their boss made the wrong decision on a night where it all went wrong for their side.
Here are some of their messages:
— CA (@CoachingCA_1) June 2, 2019
As for the players? Kane wasn’t anywhere near fit, Eriksen looked like it was his last game for the club, Dele kicked off when he was subbed but deserved to come off, Son was unusually quiet and Rose was by far our best player. Winks coming off was a weird one too. #THFC
— Jordan Pomeroy (@jordanpomeroy00) June 2, 2019
Did anyone apart from Poch really think Kane was gonna tear up that final? He was never gonna be match ready in time, have to feel like what might have been #THFC
— Marc Fletcher (@MarcFletcher86) June 2, 2019
Not starting Moura or Llorente after their semi final performances was criminal. Kane should never have started in a million years and it never helped us at all imo👎 #thfc
— _simeonlevi⚽ (@Simeon_Levi98) June 2, 2019
I dont think any of the top 6 know true pain as a football fan, spurs have had as much pain as the relegation teams. I'm not proud of spurs im disgusted with that performance, our ONE chance this century and we blew it. I can not forgive kane for what he has done. #UCLfinal #thfc
— Zain (@TheoofthZain) June 1, 2019
— Jeff (@JeffG15563) June 1, 2019
Im sorry but Lucas doesnt deserve this. I feel like only he’s shown any determination and passion this final. Did more than Kane ever did,at least. I’ll never forgive Kane for this performance. #UCLfinal #THFC
— mø (@SpursboyMb) June 1, 2019
I think the main issue was that Kane and Winks shouldn’t have started. After the way Lucas has been playing, he should have definitely started. Nevertheless very proud that we got this far without spending anything in 2 transfer windows. #COYS #THFC
— hgolzari (@hgolzari) June 1, 2019
— The Voice Note (@VoiceNote4) June 1, 2019
— Adam (@Lilywhites40) June 1, 2019