Trippier talks up Spurs’ chances
Kieran Trippier says Tottenham believe they can overturn their first-leg deficit and knock Ajax out of the Champions League.
Spurs are looking to secure their place in the final of Europe’s premier club competition for the very first time, but they face an uphill task heading into Wednesday’s second-leg at the Johan Cruyff Arena, as they were beaten 1-0 during last week’s reverse meeting in north London.
Ajax dominated the early exchanges of the first-leg, with Donny van de Beek giving them a 15th-minute lead, but Spurs did improve after that and full-back Trippier feels the tie is most certainly not over.
‘We’ve the belief in the squad and we’ll go there with nothing to lose and try to score as many goals as we can,’ Trippier told the Tottenham website.
‘We have to go out there with no fear.
We know it’s a difficult place to go, I’ve played at their stadium before so we know what it’s going to be like but we believe in ourselves and believe that we can go there and score goals.
‘ Tripper also pointed to Tottenham’s performance against Manchester City in the away leg of their quarter-final tie last month as an example they can score goals on the road in Europe – Spurs lost that match 4-3 but went through on the away goals rule.
The England international added: ‘It’s only 1-0 and okay, they’ve got their away goal, but if you look at the performance, desire and determination we showed against City at their place in the last round, we scored three goals and anything can happen.
‘ Spurs have lost five of their last six matches across all competitions, but punters may choose to use their free bet to back Mauricio Pochettino’s side to overturn their first-leg deficit and make it through to next month’s final in Madrid.