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“To be in a Champions League semi-final is one thing I dreamed about. It is advisable settle your goals, to infinity and past,” Pochettino mentioned at his pre-match press convention on Monday forward of Tottenham’s first European Cup semi-final since 1962.

“The possibility to play a semi-final for Tottenham has not occurred usually. We’re in a circumstance that’s not going to alter and we have to be prepared

“It’s unimaginable to be drained, unimaginable to not be excited to play. I’m certain there is no such thing as a doubt we can have the power for 90 minutes.”

Nonetheless, whereas Pochettino’s stretched squad have been slipping to a sixth defeat of their final 10 Premier League video games to West Ham on Saturday, Ajax have had a full week to relaxation as the complete Dutch league calendar for the weekend was postponed to permit them additional time to arrange.

“The staff is nice. We’re very match, very keen and really contemporary. We will actually carry out at our greatest,” mentioned Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.

With out Kane, who just isn’t anticipated to return this season until Spurs make it to the Champions League last on June 1, Tottenham’s targets have dried up since an exciting 4-Three defeat within the second leg of their quarter-final at Metropolis was sufficient to progress on away targets.

Christian Eriksen’s late strike to safe a 1-Zero victory over Brighton on Tuesday was Spurs’ solely objective of their previous three video games.

Son’s absence means Pochettino is robbed of one other objective menace, with Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente his solely putting choices.

Nonetheless, the Argentine mentioned Spurs’ teamwork can compensate for that lack of firepower.

“I feel the purpose is that we arrive the place we at the moment are as a result of we have been a staff and we’re going to be a staff,” he mentioned.

“I do not care who’s going to attain. All the time it is a problem to not have all of the gamers match, however in entrance of any title was the staff, the collective.”

4-time European champions Ajax have way more European pedigree than Spurs, however their run to the final 4 for the primary time since 1997 is arguably a good larger shock given the monetary gulf between the Eredivisie and the Premier League.

However along with his youthful facet already being damaged up with Frenkie de Jong headed to Barcelona subsequent season and captain Matthijs de Ligt attracting curiosity from Europe’s prime leagues, Ten Hag is eager to profit from this facet’s solely shot to win the competitors.

“It is superb that we’re within the Champions League semi-finals – no one might have predicted originally of the season {that a} Dutch staff would find yourself within the Champions League semi-finals,” he added.

“We now have achieved one thing, however we need to do extra. We do not need to relaxation on our laurels.”

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