Tottenham played out of their skins to eliminate Manchester City from the Champions League and book a place in the semifinals of the competition for the first time since 1962.
Spurs will now take on the surprise package of the tournament, Ajax in the semifinals. Ajax have eliminated the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus from this year’s competition, thus proving that they are a force to be reckoned with.
However, former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has said that the Lillywhites have nothing to fear now that they have eliminated the tournament favorites.
The Bulgarian who himself played in the Champions League final on two occasions, has asked his former side to play without fear.
Speaking to Betfair, the 38-year-old said, “This is someday to be a Spurs fan and I’m still struggling to comprehend what I saw last night in Manchester.
“It was one of the most dramatic games I have ever seen – just unbelievable! My old club are now a two-legged tie away from the final and having been there with Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United, my advice is don’t be afraid, just go out and do what you do.
“Spurs have just beaten the tournament favourites. There’s nothing to fear. Cherish the occasion and grasp the moment.”
The former striker was all praise for how Pochettino’s men approached the second leg against Manchester City. He insisted that Spurs deserved credit as they eliminated a City side who bought their A game.
He added, “I was watching the game with Martin Petrov, who used to play for Manchester City, so we were giving each other stick all the way through. Thank God I had the last laugh!
“When City scored first so early in the tie I was a bit worried. Scoring with just a few minutes gone gives any team huge momentum and desire. I think everyone expected them to go ahead and take the lead in the tie there and then.
“But Spurs weren’t fazed, and responded in the best way possible. It was interesting to watch them coming from behind to equalise and then taking the lead because this is exactly what they need to do – to be cold and ruthless against the big teams.
“OK, the game was end-to-end after that but they never stopped fighting. I cannot say Spurs won the tie because City were bad. It was an unbelievable effort from both sides, and really neither side deserved to go out.
“Tottenham can look at themselves today and say ‘We have the stadium and we have just beaten Manchester City and their superstars. We are f***ing serious and we have a chance here to make history!'”
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