Trippier will do everything to help Tottenham win final after difficult season
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The 28-year-old has struggled for consistency in the 2018/19 campaign, but has one last chance to finish on a high in Madrid
Kieran Trippier is hopeful he can put a difficult individual campaign behind him with a strong showing on Saturday to help Spurs win the Champions League.
The right-back returned home a hero last summer following a great World Cup with England where he memorable scored a free kick in the semi-final defeat to Croatia, but he has failed to replicate that form this season.
A groin injury has troubled him for long periods and with other players out, he has had to manage it, but he is desperate to help Tottenham Hotspur win Saturday's final and be European Cup winners for the first time.
Trippier explained: "I have said in many interviews, that it has not helped, obviously with the World Cup in the summer and coming back and playing straight away, but the (domestic) season has gone now.
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"I have to accept the way I have played this season, I know I can play so much better, but it's about accepting it, looking back and reviewing it like I always do.
"It has happened, the way I have played, but with one big game left hopefully if I play I can give everything to the team to help us win."
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Not only Trippier has found this season challenging, with several players suffering injuries after reaching the latter stages of the World Cup.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Danny Rose have all had time on the sideline and so has Harry Winks despite not going out to Russia.
Captain Hugo Lloris picked up injuries during the campaign and Jan Vertonghen too, but everyone appears fit ahead of the Champions League final in Madrid.
Trippier, 28, added: "If you look at the whole season, we have always had a few injuries, but now everybody is back and everybody is fit.
"It's good to have everybody back. We have Harry Kane, we have 'Winksy' back so two huge players for us, who give us a huge boost."
Spurs and Liverpool finished their Premier League season on May 12 and then had a three-week break to negotiate before the Champions League final.
It has worked positively for Tottenham with Kane, Winks and Vertonghen recovering from injuries and it has also benefited Trippier.
He added: "It has been a difficult season with injuries, I have had different types of injuries, but it feels like these three weeks have enabled me to recover and manage it properly without so many games.
"We've had like three games a week and it has been difficult to manage that, but now I have had three weeks to properly settle down and do my rehab on it I am feeling fit and ready and hopefully I will get the nod to play."
After watching the tournament since he was a boy, Trippier is now only 90 minutes away from winning the Champions League.
Given everything chucked at Tottenham this season - the lack of transfers, not moving back home until April and injuries - it would make this an incredible achievement.
"Watching from a young age, the Champions League is the biggest club final you can win," Trippier said.
"To win it for this club after everything we have given this season, the circumstances we have had, playing at Wembley and injuries, it would be a good way to finish the season."