In Focus: The never-say-die team performance against Ajax that sealed a Champions League final spot for Spurs


Tottenham Hotspur are Champions League finalists. Yes, Spurs fans, pinch yourself, you are not dreaming.

At half time against Ajax last night, Spurs looked dead and buried, only for a second-half Lucas Moura hat trick to send Tottenham into dreamland.

However, although Moura will take the headlines, and rightly so, let’s look at the team contributions that took Spurs all the way to Madrid.

Lloris- Kept the match at 2-2 with some sensational saves that gave the attackers the chance to do something special.

Trippier – Redeemed his mistakes in the first half by creating Tottenham’s second and getting up and down that right wing as a constant threat.

Alderweireld – A rock at the back through the majority of the match, especially in the dying minutes when few were left defending.

Vertonghen – Just like his Belgian partner, Jan was flying in with the blocks when they were needed most, and almost popped up with the winner himself.

Rose – What a player. Rose encapsulated that Tottenham performance, playing with his heart on his sleeve and the position of two players all by himself.

Wanyama – Despite looking leggy and sluggish in recent weeks, Wanyama has filled in when Spurs needed him most. Not his best game, but put a shift in.

Sissoko – Does what Sissoko does. Defends, attacks, gives you everything but a goal. GOAT.

Dele – Like a player reborn in his normal position last night, Playing just behind the striker, Alli was a constant threat and set up two of Moura’s three.

Son – Not his most glamorous match, but Son was always open and available, and did a job defensively too.

Eriksen – Quiet in the first half, but orchestrated from deep in the second 45 and filled in at defensive midfield. Not pretty, but did the job without complaints.

Lucas – No words needed. 10/10.

Special mention – Fernando Llorente was epic when he came on. Won every single knockdown, including the one that led to the winning goal.

Pochettino – He’s magic! Perfect game management in the second half. Knew when to stick and knew when to twist. The subs also made all the difference. The tears at the end show what it means to the gaffer.


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