Only ‘now Tottenham captain’ Son Heung-min remains from the Champions League final four years ago

August 15, 2023 | by

All that’s left is Son Heung-min.

On Thursday (Aug. 14), soccer statistics outlet TransferMarkt highlighted the players who started for Tottenham Hotspur when they reached the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final in the 2018-19 season. Spurs were looking to win their first ever UCL title, but fell short as runners-up to Liverpool. Despite finishing runners-up, it is considered to be the pinnacle of Spurs’ success under Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation. In addition to Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier, and Hugo Lloris were named in the starting lineup. Nine of them left. Pochettino left Tottenham for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and is now in charge of Chelsea.

Kane went to Bayern Munich. Kane, the club’s all-time leading scorer and second all-time in the English Premier League (EPL), thought he would stay at Tottenham forever, but this summer he donned a Munich jersey. “We lost one of the best strikers in the world,” said Son Heung-min. Alli, who was a sensation under Pochettino, fell off the radar after the UCL final and went to Everton.

Eriksen went to Inter Milan, then Brentford, and is now wearing a Manchester United shirt. Another Saint-Germain youth winger, Winks, had no place at Tottenham after a loan spell with Sampdoria, so he moved to Leicester City. Sissoko left Tottenham in 2021 and went on to play for Watford and now Nantes. Rose retired and Vertonghen returned to Belgium. Alderweireld also left Tottenham, joining Al Duhail and then Royal Antwerp in the Belgian League.

Trippier returned to the EPL with Newcastle United after a stint at Atletico Madrid. That leaves Son Heung-min and Yoris. Yoris is a Tottenham player, but a move is highly likely. “Yoris has been removed from the pre-season tour roster in order to explore future transfer opportunities,” Tottenham officially said in response to his absence from the Asia tour roster. 토토사이트

That leaves Son Heung-min as the only remaining player. Son joined Tottenham from Leverkusen in 2015 and spent eight years with the club, scoring 145 goals and providing 80 assists in 372 official appearances. In the EPL alone, he has 103 goals and 58 assists in 268 games. He was the EPL’s top scorer in the 2021-22 season. He ranks 31st on the EPL’s all-time goalscoring list. The best Asian player in EPL history and an ongoing legend at Tottenham. He’s the best winger in the world beyond the EPL, but like Kane, he doesn’t have a trophy to show for it. Still, he remains in London, choosing to remain loyal to Tottenham.

Of the members of the UCL final that fought Liverpool, only Son is left to wear the captain’s armband. Head coach Enze Postecoglou said: “Sonny (Son Heung-min) has great leadership on and off the pitch and is the ideal choice as our new captain. We all know him as a world-class player and he has a tremendous amount of respect from everyone in the dressing room.


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