Mauricio Pochettino has said Harry Kane’s absence and Son Heung-min’s tiredness will not be an excuse for Tottenham not to reach the final as he dreams of winning this season’s Champions League.
Tottenham will go up against Ajax in the first leg semi-final on Tuesday.
“To be in a Champions League semi-final is something I dreamed about. You need to settle your dreams, to infinity and beyond,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Tottenham’s first European Cup semi-final since 1962.
“The chance to play a 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 be tired, impossible to not be excited to play. I am sure there is no doubt we will have the energy for 90 minutes.”
Kane headlines a lengthy injury list, which also includes Erik Lamela and Harry Winks, while Son is suspended.
But having upset the odds to end Manchester City’s quest for a quadruple of trophies, Pochettino insisted Spurs’ strength as a collective can overcome Ajax’s talented group of rising stars.