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Spurs need to be brave at Ajax: Poch

London, May 7 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/7/2019 12:12:41 PM IST

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can progress to the Champions League final if they play with bravery and a winning mentality against Ajax.

Spurs travel to Amsterdam on Wednesday looking to overturn last week’s 1-0 first-leg deficit and book a first ever European Cup final appearance.

They may require something special against the Dutch side, who have beaten Real Madrid and Juventus in previous rounds, but that is something Pochettino knows all about from his playing days in South America.

Pochettino was disappointed with Tottenham’’s display in the opening 30 minutes of the first leg against Ajax last week, before a more direct and physical approach showed that the Dutch side can be got at.

And he believes progression is possible if Spurs replicate the type of bravery his Newell’s team showed 27 years ago.

“It’s possible if you play bravely and play with a winning mentality,” he said. “That is the most important thing. I think you, the fans, mostly the players - we feel all disappointed because we didn’t start the game, playing a semi-final of the Champions League.”

“We didn’t translate the emotion or the image that we were playing in a Champions League semi-final. That is why we feel very, very disappointed after the first leg.”


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