TOBY ALDERWEIRELD returned to Madrid yesterday searching for Euro glory spurred on by his heartache of 5 years in the past.
The Belgian defender was within the Tottenham squad which arrived within the Spanish capital forward of Saturday’s Champions League closing in opposition to Prem rivals Liverpool.
It’s a metropolis he is aware of effectively having spent a yr enjoying at Atletico which culminated with an look as a second-half sub of their devastating Four-1 extra-time defeat by neighbours Actual within the all-Madrid closing of 2014.
Alderweireld, 30, and his friends led 1-Zero till stoppage time and he mentioned: “We have been so near profitable it, then within the 90th minute or one thing Sergio Ramos scored.
“So, yeah, the sensation of dropping may be very arduous.
“I’ll take this sense to the ultimate and present I would like it greater than anybody else.”
Alderweireld admitted he was left shell-shocked by that loss in Lisbon.
He added: “It’s troublesome since you are 25 years outdated. That evening I flew to Belgium as a result of we had the World Cup developing, so there was no time to grieve.
“Two days later, I used to be enjoying in opposition to Luxembourg in preparation for the World Cup. It was solely after the finals that I had time to consider it.
“I believed it was an enormous likelihood and perhaps it will by no means come once more. At that second it was like, ‘We misplaced however now I journey to Belgium and the World Cup’. It was an odd second.”
Alderweireld is decided to not waste his second crack at profitable Europe’s elite competitors.
It’s nearly three weeks for the reason that finish of their league season. However boss Mauricio Pochettino has not let his stars put their ft up.
Alderweireld mentioned: “Within the final couple of weeks we’ve been attempting like animals.
We’re attempting to offer our greatest day by day as a result of that’s the means we have to work to be in our greatest state for the ultimate.
“All people desires to be there, to be concerned and provides their finest — it began two weeks in the past.”
Final yr’s dropping finalists Liverpool are overwhelming favourites to carry the trophy after ending runners-up to Manchester Metropolis within the title race, 16 factors forward of fourth-placed Spurs.
The Kop additionally received each of their top-flight clashes 2-1.
However Alderweireld added: “We’ve to be assured in our personal sport, the sport we wish to play.
“Within the final sport at Anfield we had a troublesome begin however second half we have been higher than them.
“We’ve to study from that and have the boldness to play and put them underneath strain.”
It was thought it may very well be Alderweireld’s final Spurs sport after they triggered his one-year contract extension in January.
It features a advanced a £25million launch clause which will be activated till the ultimate two weeks of the switch window — and Manchester United are eager.
However he mentioned: “My solely focus is Spurs and due to this focus I believe I had a very good season as effectively.”