Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes that Ajax is the favourite for the diptych between the clubs in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Argentine is on his guard, for the Locals.
“It is important that we show respect for Ajax. They have Real Madrid and Juventus defeated, which means that they are more favored than we. That is how it is,” said Pochettino on Thursday, a day after his team Manchester City had turned off.
“We need to be humble. No one had expected that we City would turn off. It gives us a lot of faith, but if you are not smart enough to deal with, can win you just weaken.”
Tottenham reached Wednesday for the first time in the history of the last four in a frantic contest against City. The Londoners lost with 4-3, but that was enough after the 1-0-victory in the heenduel.
Ajax may, after 22 years, again a semi-finalist in the Champions League. The Locals were Tuesday with 1-2 too strong for Juventus and wiped earlier Real Madrid in the knock-out stages.
Summary Manchester City-Tottenham Hotspur (4-3)
“Not important who the opponent is
The 47-year-old Pochettino stressed at his press conference in the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Ajax a lot will depend on the setting in which his team onto the field.
“The important thing is not who the opponent is, but how we are in the semi-finals approach. I hope that almost everyone fit will be, so we have various options to make a plan to forge. We are positive,” he said.
“This means a lot to us. We realize it’s still not and are still in a dream. We notice the joy of the fans and our family and friends. Yet we must now focus again on the next contest.”
That next contest is Saturday, when City in the Premier League again the opponent is in Manchester.
Summary Juventus-Ajax (1-2)
The uncertainty about the fitness Kane
Pochettino could yet say nothing about the fitness of Harry Kane. The scorer should diptych with Ajax by an ankle injury will almost certainly miss, but would be a possible Champions League final may be available again.
“That’s hard to say”, held Pochettino is on the plain. “We look at the day-to-day, and we are not very optimistic, but with Kane you know the never.”
Tottenham should at the heenduel with Ajax on Tuesday, april 30, in London, in each case without the suspended Son Heung-min. The return is on Wednesday 8 may in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, and the final battle is on Saturday 1 June.
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