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Name Kieran Trippier
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Atletico Madrid
  Tottenham Hotspur

2018 10 20 Retrieve

[Kieran Trippier speaking after England put three past Spain] You want to play against the best and we want to be the No 1 team. We want to beat the big teams. In the past few games we have had draws and not scored, but I think we showed [against Spain] we can beat the top teams and defend well against the top teams. It was a statement and, ­hopefully, in the future, we can put performances in like this as well. We want to win every game and play like that in every game

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Kieran Trippier on life at Atletico Madrid] It is difficult eating later than in England, I get hungry. And I’m not a big tapas fan yet, I don’t like sharing! But it’s okay, I’ll try to fit in as much as I can

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Kieran Trippier on Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Costa] He calls me Rooney ten times a day. He does it all the time, just for a laugh. But it’s Diego, I don’t care. We all find it funny and I like that he always makes jokes. I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with. There’s a great atmosphere here and everyone makes jokes, but Costa is the funniest

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham Hotspur, Kieran Trippier reveals he was quick to get in contact with his former boss] I sent him a message to tell him how much I appreciate everything he has done for me. I couldn’t not text him. I’m not that type of person. He gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level. I’ve come on a long journey in my career and he was a big, big part of that, so I thanked him for everything he has done for me

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Atletico’s English international Kieran Trippier explained it was important for the Spaniards to stay resolute before taking their chances on the counter] We knew it was going to be very difficult, even with the lead. Liverpool are a fantastic side. We needed to stay defensively strong, keep our shape and frustrate Liverpool

We knew we would get our chance to break the press of Firmino, [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah. We kept going and we got the win. We knew we’d get our chances and it’s just about being clinical in those moments

2020 05 30 Retrieve

[Atletico Madrid defender Trippier slams Tottenham for forcing him to delay surgery] I certainly feel I am a better player than I was last season at Tottenham. Last season was a difficult moment because I was struggling with injuries. It is not an excuse because I was not hiding about it. But I struggled for months with my groin and pelvis and I eventually had surgery just after the winter break in Spain in January. Because of the timing of the break and the operation I was only out for a few weeks and now I feel so much better. I should have had it last season at Spurs but people didn’t want me to have it then. I had so many issues with the last season there and about the way I performed and struggled with injuries. It got to a point where I had to have surgery this season and really I should have had it done last season. But there were so many important games…I don’t really want to go into it.

I am absolutely loving it at the moment and that is the most important thing. The culture and the football are so different to England. La Liga is totally different to the Premier League. I had to improve on my defending and that was ­something I openly admitted last season. And now I know there is no one better to learn from than ‘Mister’. He is ­unbelievable with the team and individually. It is a joy to play for him.

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[England international full-back Kieran Trippier has criticised Tottenham for the way in which his move to Atletico Madrid was handled] I did knock on his [Pochettino’s] door, and I said I have an opportunity to go to Atletico Madrid,” he told The Beautiful Game podcast. If I am part of your plans, then I will stay. He didn’t give me a yes, and he didn’t give me a no in his office. So as a player you think: ‘Oh right okay, no problem.’ Then I went to the chairman and told him the exact same. I had a conversation with the manager, and I said am I part of your plans? If I am, no problem but I have a great opportunity here to go to Atletico Madrid. Going back to what I said before, in March/April I hear off people I trust that they’ve tried to offload me. Offering me to clubs

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[Kieran Trippier says he has mixed emotions about his last year at Tottenham] I had mixed emotions throughout the season. Injuries played a massive part (on my form). I told them I needed surgery. I could have been less selfish, playing-wise. But I couldn’t help it that I was getting picked most of the games. I was playing some of them at 60 or 70 per cent. Maybe I should have taken a step back, but we had City in the Champions League, Ajax … you want to play in these games. In March, April, I heard - through people I trust - they tried to offload me, offering me to clubs. So you’re getting mixed messages. If I play I’ll give my best, but that’s why I pulled the manager in pre-season and asked if I’m part of his plans. I did knock on his door and tell him ‘I’ve got the chance to go to Atletico Madrid, (but) if I’m part of your plans I’ll stay’. He didn’t give me a yes or no in his office. So, as a player, you think ‘okay no problem’. I went to the chairman and said exactly the same. I haven’t really spoken to (Pochettino) since I left Tottenham. I have a lot to thank him for. I’ve never once bad-mouthed him. I just told how it was

For me personally, selling Mousa Dembele […] you can ask anyone that’s played with him, he’s the best player I’ve ever played with. You can’t replace him. We sold him in January. I personally feel, if we kept him for a further five months, we would have done a lot better. I think we would have won the final

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Kieran Trippier has heaped praise upon Arsenal target Thomas Partey, insisting his Atletico Madrid team-mate would fit in perfectly in the Premier League] I’d seen him play for Atletico but I didn’t realise how good he is. He’s unbelievable, his physicality, how he breaks up play. Technically he’s got everything. He ranks as one of the best midfielders I’ve played with, but Mousa [Dembele] is Mousa and he’s on a different planet that guy. Even in training, he was in cruise control. Thomas is still a very young player and everyone loves him out here. Going to the Premier League who knows? Obviously I want him to stay here because he’s a valuable member to our team. He speaks perfect English, very good English. I don’t think he’d have a problem with the Premier League

He just asks what’s it like, the style of play, but a few players have. It doesn’t mean they are leaving by the way! It’s just about certain players who play in the league, what it’s like and I just say, ‘the Premier League is the Premier League and is one of the best leagues in the world’. Thomas will fit in perfectly in the Premier League.