Tottenham Hotspur may have West Ham at home in the Premier League this weekend, but many fans will have one eye on mid-week, as Spurs face the biggest match in their recent history.
Spurs have made it through to the Champions League semi-final for the first time ever, and only Ajax stand in their way of reaching the final and having a shot of lifting the trophy.
The first leg of the semi-final clash is set to be played on Tuesday at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, however, Spurs will be without some key players.
Harry Kane, the club’s top goalscorer, will miss out through an ankle ligament injury; Moussa Sissoko, one of the club’s best players this season, is a doubt with a groin injury; and Heung Min Son is suspended after picking up too many yellow cards in the competition (Sun).
Despite admitting that missing the semi-final brought sadness, Son also claimed that he would be nervously cheering his team on from the sidelines.
Son said (Standard): “I’m the most positive guy. Of course, I’ll try to be positive, but missing this semi-final makes me so sad.
“I’m so disappointed. I’ll probably be more nervous watching in the stands than when I play. But I trust my team, I trust my players and I trust this stadium, so I’m not worried about it. Saturday is more important for me, so I’ll give everything for my team to get three points. And then the Champions League is next.
“I want to play every single game. I enjoy my football and, of course, I want to play the semi-final. It’s the first for this team and myself. As I said, I’m very sad but I am looking forward to watching this unbelievable game in our stadium. I hope I’m going to enjoy it.”
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The only positive to take from Son’s suspension is that he will be able to play at full throttle against West Ham this weekend in an attempt to secure a Champions League spot for next season. It also removes a selection headache for Pochettino up front, as it makes his decision for him, with the obvious choice to rest Moura and play Sonny. Let’s hope that the lack of first-team stars doesn’t hamper Spurs’ chances of taking a lead into the second leg.
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