On Wednesday night, Tottenham followed in Liverpool’s footsteps as they completed a remarkable second-half comeback to defeat Ajax by 3-2 and advance to the Champions League final.
1-0 down after the first leg and 3-0 after the first half, thanks to goals from Mattijhs de Ligt and Hakem Ziyech, Spurs staged one of the most dramatic comebacks in Champions League history to set up a showdown with Liverpool.
Lucas Moura’s hattrick, including the most dramatic of 95th-minute winners, brought Spurs back from the brink in Amsterdam and in turn, broke the hearts of the Ajax supporters.
Following the game, there were understandable scenes of jubilation from Spurs coaches, managers and players as they pulled off an incredible comeback.
For Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino it was the culmination of five years of hard work at the London club as he looks to deliver their first ever Champions League crown on June 1st.
Pochettino was understandably emotional in his post-match interview with BT Sport and broke down in tears as he heaped praise on his players following the incredible victory
"Thank you football. Thank you my players, they are heroes."
"Without football it is impossible to live."
No, thank you 🙏
Mauricio Pochettino cries during his post-match interview with @DesKellyBTS.
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“It’s still difficult to talk, the emotion is amazing,” he said. “Thank you football, thank you these guys, these players are my heroes. I told you in the last year, I told everyone that we have a group of players who are heroes. They showed today. The second half was amazing.
“Thank you. Thank you football. Thank you to our fans. Thank you to the people who believed and helped us achieve this amazing moment. It’s difficult to describe.
“The game against Man City [quarter-final] and today, it’s amazing. I am so grateful to be a coach. To have a chance to play in this final is amazing. For my family. It’s amazing to award them.”