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Tottenham midfielder Winks: We all stand with Sissoko

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks insists no-one blames Moussa Sissoko after their Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

Sissoko was penalised for handball just 23 seconds into the Saturday night showpiece match, with Mohamed Salah's ensuing spot-kick giving Liverpool a 1-0 advantage from which Spurs could not recover.

Winks said: “This season, Mousa has arguably been our best player – he has been our players' player. He has been fantastic and so proud of him and happy for how well he has done this year.

“That's football. He made his mistake, he gave away the handball and that happens. Nobody is blaming him or pointing fingers at him because, ultimately, we would not be where we are today if it was not for his contribution this year.

“He is a massive part of the squad and a massive player to have and it makes proud of him and nobody is pointing the finger at him whatsoever.

“It is a difficult one, because there is a lot of emotion, especially in the dressing room. It has been a difficult one to take – everybody is just gutted and disappointed and sad at the result.

"But when we get chance to reflect, we will be able to sit down and see how far we have come and what an incredible achievement it is to have reached a Champions League final and to have, in my opinion, been good enough to win the game. Credit to Liverpool, they played well and defended well and won the game."

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