Tim Sherwood describes Ajax as Tottenham’s ‘feeder club’

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Dom Le Roy

Tim Sherwood has branded Ajax as Tottenham Hotspur’s feeder club ahead of tonight’s Champion League semi final second leg.

The match will see the Spurs trio of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen face their former side while the injured Davinson Sanchez who also played for the Dutch giants has also made the trip to the continent to support his team-mates.

Sherwood, who played for Spurs and later went on to manage the club believes that the North London outfit still remain as favourites to progress to the final despite losing the first leg of the semi final 1-0.

He was full of compliments of how Ajax have defied the odds with their young side to make it to the final four of the competition, where they have beaten Real Madrid and Juventus along the way but feels that Spurs will come out of the blocks and attack the home side at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Sherwood told this morning’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT: “I think Pochettino is saying that maybe it’s a bit far-fetched that Tottenham should win the Champions League, but I disagree, I think they’ve got the players to beat anyone on their day.

“If it’s far-fetched for Tottenham to win the Champions League, how far-fetched would it be if their feeder club won the Champions League – and that’s Ajax.

“At the beginning of the season, if you said you’re going to play a two-legged semi-final against Ajax to get into the final of the Champions League, they would have ripped your hands off!

“The objective at the start of every season is to finish in the top four and yes it would be nice to win a domestic cup, so to win the Champions League would be a dream.

“But, they’ve got a chance. They’re playing against Ajax who are their feeder club, let’s face it. They’ve got four of their former players in Tottenham’s side.

“Ajax have done brilliantly, they’re a great young side and they’re showing up a lot of the Premier League with the way they’re going about it and the philosophy of their football club, but you’d have to say Tottenham have got to be favourites over two legs.

“I expect them to hit the ground running tonight and take the game to Ajax.

“You would have to say, for both of these teams, this is going to be their best chance ever to get to a Champions League final.

“It’s a massive game, the biggest game of those young lads’ lives.

“But, a bit like Liverpool last night, every wrote Tottenham off in the group stage. Everyone thought they were dead, they were dead against Manchester City at 95 minutes and VAR saved them, and now everyone is writing them off again.

“I believe they will go to the final and play Liverpool.”

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  1. We may have 4 of their ex players, but one’s on the wrong side of 30 and playing with an injured nose, one is 29 and has been looking to leave for a year, one is injured, and one is 27, at his peak, but has had his head turned by Real Madrid and the big Italian giants.
    Whereas Ajax has 3 or 4 players we’d LOVE to have right now, but we haven’t, and probably won’t (get).
    So the feeder club at their own ground is the favourite to beat a team wracked with injuries, and with players having been over-played, because of little cover, or played out of their normal positions.
    Having said that. We have hope, and perhaps Glory does await! If determination got Liverpool through, then that is what must drive Spurs tonight!


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