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One Tottenham star has an axe to grind on Saturday

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One Tottenham star has an axe to grind on Saturday

Tottenham Hotspur are going through their final preparations before taking on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.

The north London side are hoping to land their first title at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Mauricio Pochettino keen to secure his first piece of silverware.

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Spurs are the underdogs but will fancy their chances of beating Liverpool.

No doubt everyone one will be up for the game, but perhaps none more so than Toby Alderweireld, who will be using heartbreak as motivation.

Unlike the rest of his teammates, the Belgian defender – who earns £80,000-a-week (Spotrac) – has been involved in a Champions League final before.

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Five years ago Alderweireld was part of the Atletico Madrid side that came up short against Real Madrid in Lisbon.

 

Diego Simeone’s side came within a whisker of winning, but Sergio Ramos scored a last-gasp equaliser to take the game to extra time, where Real went on to win 4-1.

Alderweireld, who was introduced as a second half substitute, said (quoted by The Sun): “So, yeah, the feeling of losing is very hard.

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“I’ll take this feeling to the final and show I want it more than anyone else.”

Seeking redemption for that night, Alderweireld explained how he and his teammates will fight ‘like animals’ to win Europe’s elite competition for the very first time.

He added: “Everybody wants to be there, to be involved and give their best – it started two weeks ago.”

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