“An unbelievable battle” – Vertonghen on facing his former side in the CL semifinals

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham played out a dramatic 4-3 result against Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday, to progress to the semifinals of the Champions League on away goals.

Spurs have had an unbelievable run in the competition, after looking like they were going to get knocked out after the first three group games.

Since then, Spurs have got a result away at the Camp Nou to qualify for the knockout stages where they have knocked out both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

They will now face the surprise package of the tournament in the semifinals in Ajax. Jan Vertonghen who captained Ajax before moving to Spurs in the summer of 2012, has admitted that it will be a special feeling to play against his former side, who he still holds dear.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he said, “I’m not there yet with my head yet. I will sit down and read my texts and probably all the applications for tickets – and I will realise how big this game is.

“With Ajax, obviously it’s crazy that they’re there, an even bigger surprise that Ajax is there than us probably.

“I follow them every game, I speak to the people at the club and I know how good they are. I’ve watched every game.”

However, the 31-year-old reiterated that Ajax deserve to be in the semifinals, and said that he expects a great battle.

He added, “At the beginning in the Champions League they surprised everyone, but now it’s not a surprise anymore.

“They are of this level, they are of Champions League semi-final quality because knocking out both Real Madrid and Juventus is crazy.

“That’s how it is. It will be an unbelievable battle between two positive sides.”

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