Poch salutes Tottenham superheroes after Ajax win
Mauricio Pochettino hailed his Tottenham ‘superheroes’ after they came from behind against Ajax to make the Champions League final.
Twenty-four hours after Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona, Spurs were dead and buried at half-time of their semi-final second leg in Amsterdam as they trailed 3-0 on aggregate.
But Lucas Moura completed a stunning second-half hat-trick, with the third coming deep into injury time, to sends Spurs through to a first ever Champions League final and spark amazing scenes in the Johan Cryuff ArenA.
Pochettino was reduced to tears after the game after performing what he called a ‘miracle’ and they will now meet Jurgen Klopp’s side in Madrid on June 1.
The Spurs boss, who said on the eve of the game that he could leave the club if he won the competition this season, has long described his players as heroes for performing in tough circumstances this term.
But he has upgraded that description to ‘superheroes’ as he celebrated one of his most significant nights.
‘It’s difficult with words to describe my feelings and my emotions,’ he said.
‘I think it’s one of the most important nights in my life.
How the game finished, everything that happened, the first half, how we planned to play, how the plan was down after three minutes when we conceded the goal, and I think everything was amazing.
‘The most important thing I want to say is to congratulate my players.
They own the football, they delivered a great job.
For me, they are heroes.
I’ve told you the last six months, I repeat this sentence.
‘I think they are superheroes now.
To get the club to the final of the Champions League I think is very close to a miracle.
‘No one believed in us from the beginning of the season.
We are so close to the top four and have the opportunity in Madrid to play the final against Liverpool.
‘It is an amazing season in our new home.
This chapter that we’re going to close now, until June 1, it can be amazing to close the chapter playing a final.
In case we won it should be an amazing book.’