Pochettino looks ahead to huge challenge in the Champions League and claims Spurs need some luck

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Dom Le Roy

Luck is not something Tottenham have had in abundance this season, as they have had to contend with injuries, stadium delays, a tough Champions League group, and Son being away on international duty on two occasions.

The club also had a disrupted pre-season after nine first-team players featured for countries that played the maximum number of games at the World Cup in Russia.

All things considered, a top-four spot in the Premier League and a Champions League semi-final seems like a fantastic return for a club that have failed to sign anyone in 15 months.

However, Pochettino claims that his side will now need a big performance and a slice of luck to overturn a 1-0 deficit and an away goal against Ajax.

Spurs must head to Amsterdam and score at least two goals and win the game to progress through to the Champions League final.

Poch said (Football London): “I can talk only for us. I think Ajax were very good for half an hour. They have a very good team, very good players and a very good coach. They deserve the full credit to be here and that is why they are here, because they are a very good team.

“What happens tomorrow is not to justify whether they were poor in the first leg or not. If you play a semi-final it is because you have good players, your team and your coaching staff are good. Liverpool, Barcelona, Ajax and Tottenham are good. There are different circumstances that can happen during a game, but to arrive in the semi-final of this competition, the toughest competition in the world, is because you are good. All four teams involved are good.

“To be in the semi-final with a negative result from the first leg makes it difficult for tomorrow but it is still open, we know very well that we need to win the game to have the opportunity to be in the final, that’s the objective. Tomorrow we have to perform to our best and to have some luck because of course in football you have to have some luck. It’s an exciting game ahead.

“I think it’s an exciting moment for us to be in a semi -final. I think we need to enjoy and have more freedom to play and to start the game the way we [want] to start, the approach was really poor from our side [in the first leg], I think we need to feel more freedom to play we have nothing to lose from the beginning. We know we need to win and try.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

Pochettino is right that Spurs need some luck to progress, but they also need to play at their very best. Anyone who watched Spurs against Man City in the Champions League knows they have heart, bravery, and goals in them, especially away from home and up against it. I believe that Tottenham at their best can make it past a young Ajax side and qualify for the final.

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  1. You buried the lede. Poch says he may leave if we win the whole thing… Wonder if he had known Pool would win if he would have said that. Weird psychology. He may be preparing us for a departure anyway.


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