Jose Mourinho spells out what Spurs have to do to beat Ajax in the Champions League

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have progressed to the semifinals of the Champions League after being involved in an amazing tussle against Manchester City over two legs in the quarter final.

Spurs will now take on the surprise package of the tournament so far in Ajax, whose fearless brand of football has earned them rave reviews.

The Dutch giants have eliminated both Real Madrid and Juventus in previous rounds, thus showing that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Tottenham have themselves had a hard passage to semi final, and the game is all set to be a classic.

Jose Mourinho has said that the game between the Spurs and Ajax is 50-50 game and that both teams will go into it quite confident.

According to the Mirror, Mourinho told Russia Today, “I think at this moment they both dream about it, and they have reasons to dream about it.

“Ajax the giant killers, and Tottenham we cannot say giant killers because City have no tradition of success in the Champions League, but they are the top team in the country and they beat them too. It’s a 50/50.”

The former Manchester United manager further suggested that Tottenham needed to do what his United team did in the 2017 Europa League final and get in the Ajax players’ faces.

He added, “At the end of that final, if you read or listen to the post-match interviews from the Ajax manager, the captain, the players, you understand everything. We gave them the game that they didn’t want to have.

“They complained about long build-up, they complained about Marouane Fellaini, they complained about physicality. They complained because they couldn’t cope.

“I think if you play against Ajax in the way they want to play, you risk that they are better than you.

“If I see Ajax play, for example, Barcelona or Liverpool in the final, if they reach the final, I think those two teams can beat Ajax playing with their own strength.

“But when your quality is not [at that level] you need to go to the strategic point of view and to give them what they don’t want.”

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