Tottenham Hotspur will face Ajax Amsterdam in one of the most important games in the history of the north London club with the first leg taking place tomorrow evening.
Spurs managed to overcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in a thrilling quarterfinal clash that finished 4-4 on aggregate, which saw the Lilywhites book their place in the final four on away goals.
Ajax have made many people sit up and take notice after previously eliminating both Real Madrid and Juventus from the competition.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men will go into the tomorrow’s match on the back of a disappointing loss to West Ham United, which marked our first defeat at the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Argentinian manager has also a number of injuries to deal with, as well as Heung-min Son’s suspension due to previous bookings.
The Dutch side, on the other hand, will visit the north side of the capital feeling refreshed after the KNVB (Dutch FA) postponed all fixtures of Eredivisie ahead of Ajax’s Champions League tie.
Tottenham’s boss will have to rotate the squad with players such as Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura coming in to play key parts.
The promising youngster Troy Parrott might also make an appearance on tomorrow’s team sheet. The 17-year-old could very well be on the bench.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of our semi-final, Lucas Moura highlighted just how difficult tomorrow’s fixture will be.
He told Football.London: “I think it will be very hard because when we play against a team that we don’t know very well, from another country, it’s difficult but every game is difficult here in the Premier League,”
“The intensity is so high. Now it’s the Champions League semi-final, two young teams. It will be very interesting and we need to be clever. It’s two games and if we use the intensity we do in the Premier League we can win.”
Spurs Web’s Opinion:
Tomorrow’s match will certainly not be easy. But we don’t expect anything less from a Champions League semi-final.
Both teams will give their best, however, Ajax does have some advantages ahead of the tie.
At this stage of the season, every day of rest counts. The Dutch side will have had three more days than the Lilywhites to prepare for the exciting encounter.
Tottenham will go into the game having just suffered a derby defeat to West Ham United, and with much less preparation time.
The injuries and suspensions will not help our Argentinian boss, who will be without the likes of Kane, Janssen and Son.
However, Spurs will certainly have one advantage, and that is the home support. We expect the fans to get behind the team and the stadium to be rocking tomorrow night.
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