Tottenham Hotspur may have the master tactician that is Mauricio Pochettino, but that hasn’t stopped The Special One Jose Mourinho from offering up some words of wisdom.
Spurs qualified for the Champions League semi final for the first ever time on Wednesday as they beat Manchester City on away goals.
Tottenham showed real strength to come back time and time again, eventually clinching the tie on away goals after scoring three at the Etihad.
This set up a two legged semi final against Ajax, with the first match coming late this month at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Ajax have been the surprise package of the tournament this year, already knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus on the route to the semi.
The Dutch side have a nice blend of up-and-coming young talent and experience in their ranks, and they certainly will not be under estimated by Poch.
As a manager who managed to beat Ajax in the Europa League final in 2017, Mourinho has some words of wisdom on the matter.
He said (RT): “In my opinion, [Juventus are] another team that let Ajax play with their strength.
“Until this moment, nobody really respected them, and they let them play with the qualities they have.
“They have fantastic young players with a little bit of the experience they didn’t have a couple of years ago when I played them in the Europa League final.
“We gave them the game that they didn’t want to have. They complained [after the game] about the long build-up, they complained about [Marouane] Fellaini, about physicality, they complained because they couldn’t cope.
“If you play against Ajax in the way they want to play, you have the risk that they are better than you.
“If I see for example Ajax play Barcelona or Liverpool in the final, if they reach the final, I think Barcelona and Liverpool can beat them playing their own strength, but when your quality is not, you have to go to the strategic point of view and give them what they don’t want.”
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