Ledley King believes our ‘great journey’ to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season will stand us in good stead for the future.
Few were prouder to see us excel in our first time in Europe’s elite competition than the Club’s longest-serving player.
He believes there was no shame in our eventual exit to Real Madrid and feels we can be confident of taking on any side in the future – especially after our famous victories against the two Milan clubs.
Ledley said: “It was a great journey for us, a new journey, going into the unknown a little bit and playing against some of the biggest teams in Europe.
“I think we equipped ourselves brilliantly but ultimately we fell short against Real Madrid, who are one of the top sides around.
“Overall I think there’s a lot of pluses we can take from the season and, although we won’t be playing in the Champions League next season, we now realise we can mix it with the likes of Milan, Inter and Real Madrid.”
But unfortunately for Ledley, he had to sit out the majority of the campaign through injury and therefore missed out on some of the glory nights he played such a big part in helping us get the chance to experience.
He added: “It has been hard but I’ve had to become mentally strong. I missed a lot of games during the season, some big games, and although I was actually back on the bench for the Milan home game, the groin still wasn’t quite right.
“But I was proud of the team watching them perform against some of the top teams, although I would have liked to have been there myself. All you can do is support, get behind the boys and hope they do well.”