Pochettino still dreaming of Champions League glory
Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham are still in touching distance of European glory and ‘no one’ would have expected his side to be so successful.
Spurs have it all to do after losing the first leg 1-0 to an early goal from 22-year-old Donny van de Beek, and an overall outstanding Ajax team.
Pochettino’s team will be searching for a crucial away goal at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, despite being in bad form in the Premier League.
Tottenham suffered a 1-0 loss away at Bournemouth on the 4th May, while going down to nine men for most of the second half.
“Saturday I was so disappointed, and still we need to play against Everton on Sunday. But, to be honest, all my energy is on tomorrow’s game,” he said.
“I think it’s an exciting moment for us to be in a semi-final. I think we need to enjoy and have more freedom to play and to start the game the way we [want] to start.”
When reflecting on the first leg he believes his team didn’t play to their own strengths.
“The approach was really poor from our side [in the first leg], I think we need to feel more freedom to play we have nothing to lose from the beginning.”
His career and journey at the North-London club have been labelled a ‘dream’ by Pochettino, highlighting the Tottenham’s underdog status as they grow from strength to strength.
“I’m living a dream because with Tottenham, where we came from five years ago, with the project, the circumstances, I think no-one believed,” Pochettino said.
No-one expected in the last three years, to play Champions League three years in a row every season and to be competing every single season and be competing at this stage.”
With a final in Madrid looming in the distance for both Ajax and Spurs, the stage is set for an extraordinary second leg in Holland on the 8th May.