Tottenham were beaten by Liverpool in their first Champions League final in Madrid last season
Lucas Moura has challenged his Tottenham team-mates to win a trophy this season to make up for the heartache of their Champions League final defeat in June.
The Brazilian thought his name was on the trophy after firing the second-half hat-trick that sank Ajax in the semi-final and sent Spurs to Madrid to face Liverpool .
But it was not even on boss Mauricio Pochettino’s team sheet for his starting XI for the showpiece.
It was a ruthless decision from Poch to drop Moura for Harry Kane, who had missed the previous nine games through injury.
And the Spurs boss did not cushion the blow by pulling the player to one side and telling him in private that he had not made the cut, despite his heroics to get them there.
Now Moura wants to use the pain of that period and show his own ruthless streak in front of goal to fire his side to glory this season.
The 27-year-old, whose side host Newcastle today, said: “No, he didn’t speak with me. He didn’t explain anything, but it’s normal.
“He made his choice and I needed to respect it and be ready to come on and play.
“In the hotel, when he gave the starting XI, of course, I was a little bit sad inside.
“But I know how to understand, I know how to respect and I know how difficult it is for him to choose 11 players.
“That’s football. We need to be professional and keep working.”
The tears Moura shed at the final whistle were very different to those he had cried after that glorious night in Amsterdam.
He added: “Only football can give such different feelings in a short space of time.
“The semi-final was the best day of my life, in my career, three goals, we qualified for the final.
“And after the final, it was sad because after everything we did, we wanted to win.
“When the game finished, when I saw Liverpool celebrating, it was difficult.
“When I relaxed after, I was happy because to get a medal in the Champions League is not easy, it’s not for everyone.
“It took less than one day to get over it, but just after the game on the pitch, I was really sad and I cried.
But when I had my shower, when I saw all my family and I got back to the hotel, you start to think about the season, about the run, about everything we did. The important thing is to look forward, to see that we have another season to do the same and win.
“We need to be proud, we need to be happy because it’s not easy to make it to the Champions League final.
“And we need to keep this as a motivation because we showed everyone we are capable of winning trophies, to have a good season.
“I hope to do the same this season, but to win a trophy — that is my objective and our objective, to win a trophy. We can dream of this. We have a very good squad, an amazing structure here, a lot of fans.
“We can dream of winning a trophy now and we need to work hard – because it is possible.”