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Bottlers? Epic Champions League comeback proves this Tottenham side is far from that – Opinion



Spurs opinion: Forget about being bottlers, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are here for the big stage

The race for the top four in the Premier League was certainly interesting till the last weekend of games.

It seemed like no one wanted to finish in the Champions League spots. Tottenham dropped points against Bournemouth, Manchester United’s wheels came off, Chelsea were playing some dire football and well, Arsenal were being Arsenal away from home.

Spurs’ 1-0 shock defeat to Bournemouth saw us lose two players to red cards and opened the door for both Arsenal and Manchester United to put us under pressure.

However, the pair failed miserably and only a last day miracle can see Arsenal overtake us for a place in the top four.

Tottenham did have other business to attend to, namely, the Champions League semi-final against Ajax.

The Dutch side played us off the park in the first-half of the tie at the new Tottenham stadium but only ran out 1-0 winners.

Mauricio Pochettino has built a team without spending a dime in two transfer windows, and this was the perfect time to show how far we had come.

The stage was set for an incredible night with two teams playing great football, however, Ajax had other plans.

They raced into a two-goal lead on the night and Spurs were facing elimination. Football has seen many miracles and we were witness to one last night.

All hail St. Lucas Moura of north London

Social media is rife with supporters calling their rival clubs as “bottlers” (h/t Sun), and it seemed to be something similar for the top four spots.

Spurs seemed set to leave the Champions League without a whimper but Lucas Moura’s brace set up a tense finale.

Ajax had their chances, Spurs had their chances, the tension was palpable as the seconds ticked by.

The Dutch side surely had done enough to hold on as the clock showed 94 minutes and a few seconds remained.

However, Moura had one final say in the game as he slotted past Andre Onana which led to crazy scenes.

The Ajax players slumped to the ground, a Champions League final was in their hands, they just had to hold on for a few seconds.

They were crying, Pochettino was crying due to happiness, the Spurs players could not believe what had just happened.

But it did happen. Tottenham were in the Champions League final, their first under the new format.

A second half of character

It would have been easy to play out the second half as scoring three goals against Ajax would not have been easy.

The Dutch side were ready to break on the counter and had troubled us over two legs, but this Tottenham team does not know when to lie down.

Sure, there have been some performances which have been below par, but no one can accuse the players of not giving their 100%.

Even against Bournemouth, when we were down to nine-men, the players held on till the final seconds of the game.

A set-piece was our undoing then but we weren’t going to give up on the Madrid dream easily.

The Champions League has been a test of character for Spurs since the group stage. After three games it seemed like we would not make it to the Europa League too, but we picked up a crucial point at the Nou Camp to qualify.

We battered Borussia Dortmund over two legs and dumped out Manchester City, despite the Cityzens hammering us at the Etihad.

Ajax could have blown us away in the first leg, but we made some changes and kept the damage down.

A game can change in seconds, something that Moura proved at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Liverpool might be better placed than us in the league table but that goes down the window in a final.

The best team on the night wins and we are more than capable of beating the Reds. Tottenham have come a long way under Pochettino, and it is time to forget about being labelled bottlers.

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Irrespective of what happens in the Champions League, this Spurs team knows how to play the big games and it is time to build upon this for the years to come.


Tottenham star confident of making Champions League final squad despite serious injury



Latest Spurs news: Harry Kane expected to be fit for Champions League final

The Evening Standard understands that Harry Kane is confident of returning for the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Kane has not played for the team since defeating Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in April, and the report claims that Spurs were concerned his season could be over.

The Englishman injured his ankle ligaments against City, and this was his second serious injury of the season.

The report adds that the England captain has been working hard on his rehab and even got through his recent individual sessions without any problems.

The Evening Standard claims that Kane will be stepping up his programme and should be part of the team that travels to Spain for the final.

Kane upbeat about his chances of playing

The 25-year-old spoke after Lucas Moura’s hat-trick against Ajax and have an update on his rehab (h/t Evening Standard):

“Rehab is going well. I started straight-line running this week and I have to start training even harder to prove myself to the gaffer.”

The return of Kane would be a huge boost for the club as we look to win the Champions League for the first time ever.

Kane has also been named in the England squad for the Nations League finals which start just a few days after the Champions League final.

Tottenham have seen Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura step up in the absence of Kane, but the Englishman is one of the best in the world and could be the difference between the sides on 1 June.

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The 25-year-old might be a little rusty coming back from a two-month injury lay-off, and it will be interesting to see if Kane starts at the Wanda Metropolitano on 1 June.

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“I do not desire to leave” – Tottenham star wants to remain at club despite frustrating campaign



Latest Spurs news: Serge Aurier doesn’t want to leave Tottenham

Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier wants to remain at the club despite playing just 17 times this season.

The Ivorian recorded just six starts in the Premier League and suffered many injuries in the campaign. Aurier’s last game was the 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in March, but the right-back isn’t looking to leave Spurs.

Speaking to Canal Football Club (h/t, the Ivorian added he was happy at Tottenham:

“In football things can happen very quickly.

“For the moment I do not desire to leave Tottenham. For the moment, I am very happy.”

Aurier looking to make it back to the starting XI

Keiran Trippier is the first-choice right-back at Spurs while Kyle Walker-Peters also played a few times for us this season.

Serge Aurier celebrates

Despite the competition for places in the first XI, Aurier highlighted that injuries played a huge part in his season and was expecting a great end to the campaign with the Champions League final:

“This season I have been interrupted by injury more than anything else, but life is like that.

“We have done a good season and we are in the Champions League final, we are going to enjoy that, see how it goes and next year, my season is not finished, I still have an Africa Cup of Nations too.”

Aurier’s career at Spurs is yet to take off since his move from Paris Saint-Germain. The Ivorian has had some great games but needs to remain fit for a period of time.

Trippier’s form has gone up and down since the World Cup and Spurs could do with a reliable right-back that knows how to defend.

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The right-back is only 26 and could improve in the coming season. Playing in the AFCON could be the pre-season workout he needs ahead of the next campaign, and hopefully, he comes back without an injury.

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Tottenham warn fans with possible bans of selling Champions League final tickets unofficially



Latest Spurs news: Tottenham fans threatened with bans should they sell Champions League final tickets

Tottenham have warned fans from selling their Champions League final tickets unofficially or for a profit.

A release on the club’s website claimed that they would take “the strongest possible action against anyone” selling final tickets with the possibility of indefinite season ticket bans.

The release further adds that if Spurs learn about any tickets being sold, those would be cancelled for the match and entry into the stadium would not be possible.

Spurs also warned supporters not to purchase tickets from unofficial sources as the authenticity cannot be guaranteed.

Not enough tickets for the final

Tottenham face Liverpool in the final of the Champions League on 1 June at the Wanda Metropolitano.

UEFA haven’t done justice to the final for both clubs involved with the BBC reporting that only 33,286 of the 68,000 tickets for the event have been handed to the finalists.

The governing body hasn’t done any favours to the Europa League finalists too with the final in Baku.

Tottenham are right in trying to warn the fans from buying or selling tickets which can lead to problems, however, this is a huge game which Spurs fans would not want to miss.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been excellent in the Champions League this season, and it would be incredible if we can lift the trophy on 1 June.

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Tottenham face major competition from Premier League rivals over this 19-year-old sensation



Spurs transfer news: Tottenham face competition from Premier League rivals for Elif Elmas

The Daily Mail reports that Manchester United are tracking Macedonian sensation Elif Elmas.

The 19-year-old plays for Fenerbahce and is considered as one of the brightest talents in Europe.

The report adds that Tottenham are interested in the 19-year-old and Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the Macedonian international.

Elif Elmas

Elif Elmas

Elmas has 10 caps for the country and even scored twice in the 3-1 win over Latvia during a Euro 2020 qualifier.

The report adds that United are looking to sign young talent in the summer, and Elmas is the perfect player for them.

Tottenham need to sign players too

Tottenham should also be in the market for players after failing to add new faces in the previous campaign.

Elmas could be a smart addition to the team given his age and potential, however, he might not be the finished article yet.

Doing well in the Turkish league cannot always guarantee a great transition to the Premier League.

Spurs need to sign players that can hit the ground running, but Mauricio Pochettino has done extremely well working with young players throughout his career.

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Dele Alli is one of the best examples of a youngster growing at Tottenham, and it will be interesting to see our moves in the summer transfer window.

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