“What a feeling” – Former Spurs stars; Perryman, Defoe, Jenas, and Dawson react to Tottenham’s CL heroics

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham’s sensational win over Ajax has not just left the Spurs fans on cloud nine but also some of Tottenham’s former players.

Several of Spurs’ stars from yesteryear took to social media to convey their joy at the result.

Now, Steve Perryman, Jermain Defoe, Jermaine Jenas, and Michael Dawson have all talked about their feelings about Spurs’ historic achievement to the club’s official website.

Perryman, who made 655 appearances for Spurs from 1969 to 1986 and won six trophies during his time at the club including two European honours, said that it was not mere luck that took Pochettino’s me over the line.

He said, “Once again the players have come back. They’ve recovered it again and when you do that so many times, it’s not luck, is it?

“Substitutions at the right time, substitutes coming on and doing it, players stepping up in the absence of others… it’s an amazing feat what they’ve done so far.

“Just one more now. Go on, show us all for doubting you at times in this campaign! Guts, tenacity, I could not believe what I was watching in the second half. The fans and the team were together and you could see that at the end.

“It reminded me of the crowd cheering Danny Thomas after he missed a penalty in the 1984 UEFA Cup Final. That was facing possible defeat. This was the same thing. They put themselves out to go there, the team put themselves out to overcome their problems on the night. Truly, truly brilliant.”

Jermain Defoe, who scored 91 goals in two stints with the Lilywhites, said he was always confident that the players would get the job done.

He said, “I knew they would do it. I don’t know why. It was meant to be. It’s such a great time to be at the Club at the moment with the new stadium and I just had that feeling.

“I thought if we get one goal, it all changes. When Lucas Moura scored his hat-trick, my hands went over my mouth. I could not believe it. I literally could not believe what I was watching.

“When I saw the manager’s reaction and what it meant to him, that’s proper emotion, raw. Football is unbelievable.

“I was so happy because over the years, plenty of people have had plenty of things to say, but now we’re in the Champions League Final. What a feeling. It’s an amazing story.”

Meanwhile, Jemaine Jenas and Michael Dawson both stressed how happy they were for the players, many of whom they know personally.

Jenas said, “It’s not just the connection with the Club, for me, specifically, since retiring I’ve not come out of the game because of the job that I have and in doing so, I’ve built relationships that have got even deeper.

“I’ve got good relationships with a lot of the lads, Toby, Jan, Danny Rose, Dele, Harry, Trips, I still speak to a lot of these lads and the manager has always been great to me.

“It gets deeper than that when you go back over the years, this journey the Club has been on, when I first signed it was very much a conversation along the lines of ‘we want to challenge for a Champions League position’.

“Our team played our part to try and kick the Club on a level and now this team, this manager and the chairman have taken it to an all new level.

“I had that moment on Wednesday night when I thought ‘wow’, the realisation of the achievement of everyone associated with the Club, above and beyond what anyone expected and seeing the manager’s face, the players, the emotion, it was too much for me at the time to get my words out.”

Meanwhile, Dawson added, “I played with Danny, Hugo, Jan, Harry Kane trained with us as a young lad, Christian, Erik Lamela, when they came in I’d been there for a while.

“Now they’ve all been at the Club for a while and they’ve gone to the next level. They have been an absolute joy to watch and as a fan, it’s absolutely electric. I can’t wait for the final, can’t wait.”

Spurs Web Opinion

It truly is a great time to be a Spurs fan as we are seeing the side evolve from a really good one to an elite European outfit.

Wins like the ones against Ajax and Manchester City is so sweet for the players, coaching staff and the fans particularly because of what they have been through over the last few years where the team has repeatedly failed to cross the finishing line.

Moments like the late winner against Ajax reminds us all why we love this great club and this great sport.

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