Danny Rose opens up on those infamous Man City and Ajax Champions League games

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur left-back, Danny Rose, has now opened up on those memorable matches away to Manchester City and Ajax in the Champions League last season.

Spurs looked down and out at times in both games, but pulled through in order to book their place in the Champions League Final against Liverpool.

Despite leading multiple times across the tie, the Lilywhites were behind against Man City before Fernando Llorente’s dramatic late hip goal.

Sterling’s even later ‘winner’ was then disallowed thanks to VAR, making for one of the most entertaining European games in recent memory.

In the semi-final against Ajax, Spurs were 3-0 down on aggregate at half-time in the second leg in Amsterdam before a heroic 45-minute hat-trick from Lucas Moura.

Danny Rose was a core member of the team for the road to Madrid and he has now revealed exactly what was going through his mind during these two memorable games.

During an Instagram interview with don.emusic (as relayed by Football London), Rose commented on the Man City game, as Spurs travelled to the Etihad 1-0 up in the tie: “We were like, ‘Whatever we do don’t concede early’ and after four minutes Raheem [Sterling] scored.

“I swear I thought we were going to get slapped 5-0 and I am never normally like that. But I was like, ‘s**t’. Then we scored and scored again, but I knew only City could come back.”

On Sterling’s late VAR drama, he added: “That was mad, I had come off, Raz had scored and they had members of staff running out from the tunnel, people from the restaurant running out on to the pitch.

“Pep [Guardiola] was sprinting down the touchline and luckily it got ruled out. Mad game.”

Rose also shed light on what happened at half-time against Ajax in Amsterdam: “Half-time, the manager was fine. He just said if we get the next goal we will do well.

“If you remember [Frenkie] De Jong he was on flames and we said we needed to control him and we did.

“They were sick but we knew they were not fit like we were. We knew after 60 minutes we were going to dominate. I was pretty confident in that game.”

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