Winks talks up Spurs character

Harry Winks says Tottenham have shown great 'character and mental strength' in reaching their first Champions League final.

Harry Winks says Tottenham have shown great ‘character and mental strength’ in reaching their first Champions League final.

Spurs’ run through to the final of Europe’s premier club competition has been far from straight forward, as they appeared to be on the brink of elimination during the group stage before eventually edging out Inter Milan for second, behind Barcelona.

The North Londoners have since overcome Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax to reach the final, the latter two successes coming in dramatic fashion and Winks feels their progress has underlined the determination within Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.

Winks told the Spurs official website: ‘We’ve scored late goals in the group, in the knockout, in the semi-final, such dramatic scenes.

That epitomises the club and the squad, we never give up, so many important late goals.

You can never think it’s over.

‘We’ve really had to graft and show character and mental strength.

It’s an incredible story for us to get to the final – the way we’ve got there is even better.

‘ The England international has not featured for Spurs since the first-leg of their quarter-final success over Manchester City at the start of April after undergoing groin surgery and he admits it has been frustrating watching from the sidelines, although he does expect to be available for the final in Madrid on June 1.

He added: ‘It’s a difficult situation, watching on TV from home, one of the toughest times of the season for me because I would have loved to have been out there, but I knew I couldn’t be.

The most important thing is that we got through.’