Champions League: Pochettino Challenges Tottenham Players To Make History Agains Ajax
Mauricio Pochettino. Getty Images

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has charged his players to go all out to achieve the unexpected when they go up against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday.

The Argentine challenged his players to seize their unexpected chance to make history by overturning a 1-0 deficit.

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Pochettino who is still convinced Tottenham can still reach the club’s maiden Champions League final despite losing the first leg in north London last week said; “We have ahead two ‘finals’ against Ajax and Everton and it’s in our hands to be in a good position at the end of the season.”

Many pundits and fans claim Tottenham have blown their opportunity after Donny van de Beek’s strike gave Ajax a priceless lead to defend in Amsterdam.

Tottenham loses 1-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday, a defeat that stopped them wrapping up a place in next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League.

It was a third successive loss in all competitions for Tottenham, who finished with nine men after red cards for Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth.

Fortunately for Tottenham, they are still all but certain to finish at least fourth after Arsenal and Manchester United were both held to draws on Sunday.

Tottenham are three points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal heading into their last league game of the season against Everton on Sunday and a draw will be enough to ensure their return to Europe’s elite club competition.

Tottenham are trying to reach their first European final since the 1984 UEFA Cup.

While the Argentine is yet to win a major trophy in his managerial career, he has steered Tottenham to the brink of major success with his deft handling of a tricky situation.

“No-one believed we’d be in this position in the last week of the competition,” Pochettino said.

“We are in a position where it depends on us to be in the (Champions League) final or not and then it depends on us to finish in the top four.

“It’s a massive week and that’s why we need to move on, try to recover as soon as possible and be ready again but whatever happens I am going to feel proud.”