Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has given his score prediction ahead of tonight’s Champions League semi final second leg between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur.
Maurico Pochettino’s side take to the field in Amsterdam knowing that they must overturn the 1-0 scoreline from the first leg if they are to set up a date with Liverpool in the final of the competition.
Spurs are boosted by the return of Heung-min Son after the South Korean sat out the first leg due to a one-match European suspension and much of the club’s hopes will be resting on the shoulders of the forward.
Ajax’s home record in this season’s Champions League is respectable having won five, drawn two and lost one of their eight fixtures at the Johan Cryuff Arena.
Former Arsenal midfielderm Nicholas believes that Spurs will narrowly miss out on the prospect of a first Champions League final.
He told Sky Sports: “Tottenham have dropped form and are not playing well. Heung-Min Son was sent off at the weekend and this is his opportunity to save Tottenham’s season. Although Ajax looked a bit naive at Tottenham, they were only naive as they did such a good job in the first half and let Tottenham off.
“On the night, Tottenham’s attacking players were very poor and Ajax’s were very good. Dele Alli has been really poor recently and Christian Eriksen needs to up his game too. Tottenham have to go after this game and they are chasing. I expect Ajax to score and I do not know whether Tottenham will have two in them. I see another painful night for the English team.
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