‘We’ve been lucky’ – Tottenham star does not believe in Champions League destiny

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Dom Le Roy

You could forgive some Tottenham fans for thinking that their club’s name is already destined to be carved into the Champions League trophy.

Tottenham were joint bottom of the group in the competition after three games, taking just the one point at the halfway stage.

Late goals against PSV, Inter Milan, and Barcelona saw Spurs carve seven points from their next three games, just enough to scrape through in second place.

Spurs proceeded to batter Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate, winning both home and away, but that was to be their only comfortable victory in the entire competition.

Tottenham managed to score four goals, come from behind, and survive a late VAR scare against Manchester City to qualify for their first ever semi-final.

Spurs then went one further after overturning a 3-0 deficit in 45 minutes against Ajax, including a 96th-minute strike from Moura to complete his hat-trick.

However, one Spurs man does not believe in this destiny. Christian Eriksen said (Football London): “I don’t know if it’s destiny. I think at the moment we’ve just been lucky! First of all, with the City game, with Sterling, I thought we were out. Gone.

“Then Ajax was a bit different because it was during the game. There was no waiting or standing around. It was just Lucas pops up at the right time. It was nerve-wracking and it was dramatic. We’re just happy we were on the right side.

On the disallowed Raheem Sterling goal, he said: “Mad. Mad. It was weird. I passed the ball away and they went through and ended up scoring. It would have been a disaster.

“For a few minutes, it was about trying to get back in the game because there was still in a few minutes to go. In the end, it was lucky they changed it and it fell our way because it would have been very, very painful.”

On the final, he added: “It’s a final so I hope everyone can control their emotions. Our stress levels will be a bit higher – it’s a Champions League Final and the build-up is long, but it’s something you have to prepare for. Emotionally it’s just about being there on game day.

“It has [been up and down]. A lot has happened. In the group stage, after three games we were a bit far behind. Things changed and going into the other games in the knockout stages they were intense.

“Going into the City game, the second one, and the Ajax game, the second one, were something exciting but luckily they fell on our side. We would have felt very down and we wouldn’t be standing here if they hadn’t gone our way. There were a lot of ups and downs, it was very exciting as a fan, but a bit unnerving.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

Tottenham have had a helping of luck in the Champions League season, but you need that if you are to reach the final by beating the favourites over and over again. What we should concentrate on is the fact that Spurs deserve to be where they are, and they have made their own luck through the competition. Let’s hope they can go one step further.

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