Tottenham Hotspur are potentially 90 minutes away from reaching the club’s first ever Champions League final.
However, they must first overcome the troublesome hurdle that is a young and vibrant Ajax side; a side that already knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus.
Ajax also take a 1-0 advantage, and an away goal into their home leg tomorrow night, leaving a huge task ahead of Pochettino and his players.
If Spurs can score two goals and win the game, they will go through to play Barcelona or Liverpool in the final in June.
Although this remains a herculean job for the Lilywhites, especially without Harry Kane and Harry Winks, they are just one big performance away from a special Champions League night.
The club have already made history by reaching their first ever semi-final and fought against the odds to qualify from their group after taking just a point from the first three games, but the team won’t be satisfied yet.
Pochettino has revealed exactly what it would mean to reach the prestigious final in Madrid (Football London): “I think we are living a dream because, first of all, it was to play Champions League with Tottenham. Five years ago, when we arrived, first of all, it was to reduce the gap with the top four, then the possibility to play Champions League, then to qualify for the last 16, then to quarterfinals and now to be in the semi-final. For us it’s a bonus, for myself it’s a bonus.
“Of course, now we are there, we want to try to win, we want to win and be in the final. I’m not thinking about if we are creating history or doing something special. The most important is to try and enjoy, to try and bring to the players that belief, as we have done to get here but we must also dream.
“But I am enjoying it, I’m living a dream because with Tottenham, where we came from five years ago, with the project, the circumstances, I think no-one believed, no-one expected in the last three years, to play Champions League three years in a row every season and to be competing every single season and be competing at this stage.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Five years ago, when Pochettino took over, it seemed impossible to imagine Spurs with a chance to reach a Champions League final. However, the Argentine has led Tottenham on a journey over his time as manager, progressing season after season, competing at higher and higher levels. The transformation has been so impressive that Spurs are now genuine contenders for the biggest trophy in club football. As a Spurs fan, as long as the team go and give it everything tomorrow night, I will sleep happy and proud.
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