Tottenham Boss (Mauricio Pochettino) has told the players not to use the absence of Harry kane and Son Heung-min or tiredness after draining campaign as an excuse for not making the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history.
Kane headline a lengthy injury list also including Erik Lamela and Harry Winks for Tuesday’s semi-final, first leg at home to Ajax, while son suspended.
But having upset the odds to end City’s quest for a quadruple of trophies in the quarter-finals, Spurs manager insisted that collective strength can overcome Ajax’s talented group of rising stars.
“To be in a Champions League semi-final is something that I dreamed about. You need to settle for your dreams, to infinity and beyond. The chance to play in the semi-final for Tottenham has not happened often. We are in a circumstance that is not going to change and we must be ready. It is impossible to get tired, impossible not to be excited to play. I am sure there is no doubt we will have the energy for 90 minutes said Tottenham boss
However while Tottenham stretched squad were slipping to a sixth defeat in their last 10 Premier League games to West Ham on Saturday, Ajax had a full week to rest as the entire Dutch League calendar for the weekend was postponed to allow them to prepare.
“The team is good. We are very fit, very eager and very fresh. We can certainly perform at our best” said Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag.
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