From near death to Champions League final – Glenn Hoddle opens up doctor’s warning

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Tottenham’s miraculous second-half comeback against Ajax is something that still gives a lot of Spurs fans goosebumps every time they watch the highlights. The players, coaching staff and fans were all emotional after the final whistle.

Even in the BT Sport studio in Amsterdam, former Spurs stars Glenn Hoddle and Gary Lineker leaped to their feet in celebration along with Rio Ferdinand, after Lucas Moura’s dramatic late winner.

Glen Hoddle, who has played in several big European fixtures for the club has revealed the emotions he experienced witness the club he loves booking their place in the final of the Champions League.

The 61-year-old, who recently survived a cardiac arrest and underwent a quadruple bypass, revealed that he did get a head rush after Moura’s winner but that he didn’t mind it.


Speaking to The Telegraph, Hoddle said, “I have supported Spurs since I was eight years old. With what has happened to me, to see them go to the Champions League final, it hit me that it was something I would not have been around to see.

“I just jumped. The earpiece popped out. Rio half-punched me. I did have a head rush, which was a bit scary, but it was a wonderful reason to get one. Then we had to hang on [to the lead] for only a minute. That was lucky for my heart.”

The club legend also insisted that irrespective of his doctor’s advice, he can’t help but excited if Tottenham manage to beat Liverpool in the final.

He added, “This is what football does to you. I have managed Spurs, played for them, supported them. You can imagine how I felt. You can’t plan for things like that. It was such a surprise. Marvellous. A fantastic night.

“The doctors said not to get over-excited. My most exciting thing at the moment is if I hit a green with the golf ball. But if Tottenham win in the final, with a late winning goal, I will do the same. It’s in your blood.”

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Irrespective of what happens in the final, the emotions that Spurs fans have experienced during this Champions League campaign will remain with us forever.

From qualifying from an impossible position in the group stage to demolishing Dortmund without Kane and Alli, and the unbelievable finishes against Ajax and Manchester City, this journey has reminded us all why we love this team and this sport so much.

It truly is fantastic that Hoddle, who has given so much to this club, has recovered well and will now have an opportunity to see the team he loves competing in the final of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

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