Not many would have predicted a Tottenham vs Ajax semi-final in the UEFA Champions League.
Ajax have been fantastic in their run to this stage, having defeated holders Real Madrid and also Italian giants Juventus.
Speaking during the pre-match conference, Pochettino said, “It’s going to be a magical night because to play the semi-finals in our new stadium is something that no one could believe or think a few months ago. It’s a game that is impossible to be tired for, not to be excited to play. It’s all mental.
“The energy is going to be there. It’s two legs – tomorrow we are going to play the first half of the game and the second is going to be at Ajax. It’s so important how we approach the game and how we handle the game for 90 minutes.”
Erik ten Hag, Ajax coach also said, “We want to continue this progress. It’s amazing that we are in the Champions League semi-finals – nobody could have predicted at the beginning of the season that a Dutch team would end up here. We have achieved something, but we want more.
“We can be more effective and convert our chances. We want to be confident, but we can’t be naive. We have lots of matches under our belts. I think we stand a good chance. I believe in my team, the players on the pitch and the plan we have put together.”
Tottenham Team News
Out: Kane (ankle), Lamela (hamstring), Aurier (hamstring), Winks (hip), Son (suspended)
Doubtful: Sissoko (groin), Vertonghen (thigh)
Ajax Team News
Out: Bandé (calf)
Doubtful: Mazraoui (ankle)
Tottenham vs Ajax Possible Line-ups
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Sissoko, Dier, Rose, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas
Ajax XI: Onana, Veltman, Blind, De Ligt, Mazraoui, Schone, De Jong, Ziyech, Van Beek, Neres, Tadic