WHAT a night in the Champions League. Again.
Just 24 hours on from Liverpool’s heroics at Anfield, Tottenham produced another inspirational display to beat Ajax on away goals and set up the most unlikely of all-English finals in Madrid on 1 June.
Tottenham were 2-0 down at half-time – and 3-0 on aggregate – after this superb Ajax side again had a wonderful 45 minutes.
But Lucas Moura’s 35-minute hat-trick sent Spurs into their first Champions League final and reduced manager Mauricio Pochettino to tears.
An emotional Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino speaking to BT Sport: “Still difficult to talk. The emotion is amazing, thank you to football. My players are heroes – in the last year I was telling everyone this group are heroes. The second half they were amazing. Thank you football – this type of emotion without football is no possible. Thank you to everyone who has believed in us. To describe this in words is difficult.
“We were talking before the game that when you work and when you feel the love it’s not stress it’s passion of the team. We showed we love the sport and football. Today was amazing. It was a joy to watch this kind of game.
“It’s difficult to compete at this level. I am so grateful to be a coach. To be in football and to live this type of football.
“They are all heroes but [Lucas Moura] was a superhero. From the first to last one – the tough moment to live in the five years before.”
Pochettino then wells up with tears…
“I want to remember my family… it’s amazing to reward them. We need to be ready for the next game on Sunday then prepare for the final.”
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