Trippier refusing to panic
Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier says his side can still reach the Champions League final despite a first-leg defeat to Ajax.
The Dutch giants claimed a 1-0 win in the semi-final first-leg clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Donny van de Beek scoring the only goal of the game.
Ajax’s crop of talented youngsters showed no signs of nerves in north London on Tuesday and managed to secure the advantage as well as keep a clean sheet.
Spurs looked lost without the suspended Heung-Min Son and Mauricio Pochettino’s men registered just one shot on target.
Tottenham have now scored just once in their last four matches and face a daunting trip to Amsterdam next week for the second leg.
Despite their disadvantage, Tripper claims his team can go to Amsterdam and cause an upset and punters can back them to win on the night using their free bet.
‘It was a difficult first 20, 25 minutes,’ Trippier said.
‘We just couldn’t close them down as we like to, the pressing that we do week in, week out.
I thought we gradually got into the game and kept on pushing.
We gave everything to try and equalise in the second half.
‘Obviously it is only 1-0 – we go to their place next week and hopefully we can get a performance.
Sonny (Heung-Min Son) is back for the next leg and we will give everything we have got.
We all believe, we have the belief in the squad.
‘Next Wednesday, we have nothing to lose.
We will try to score as many goals as we can, like we did at Man City – and anything can happen.’