Rafael Van der Vaart opens up on Tottenham’s famous comeback against Ajax Amsterdam
Tottenham Hotspur’s epic comeback against Ajax Amsterdam in last season’s UEFA Champions League semifinals holds a special place in the heart of Rafael Van der Vaart.
Having played for both teams, that is to be understood. Talking to talkSPORT (h/t Football.london), he revealed how Tottenham’s Champions League comeback last season against Ajax was ‘the most special game’ he has ever witnessed.
Speaking on the match a year down the line, VDV has revealed having mixed emotions following the match. In spite of being happy for Tottenham, he was also heartbroken at the plight of Ajax. (h/t Football.london)
“I was ten years old when I started playing at Ajax and I stayed there for almost 13 years, but I also love Tottenham.”
He has gone on to label it one of the best games ever played in the Champions League. Although he believes Ajax were the better team over the two legs it was Tottenham who prevailed. (h/t Football.london)
It is hard to argue with the Dutchman on that. Ajax was comfortable the better team in three of the four halves. Football, however, is a game capable of throwing up miracles, and all we needed was one magical half.
VDV was so confident of Ajax’s progression that he typed out a congratulatory message to Edwin van der Sar, the CEO of Ajax. He eventually deleted the message rather than send it. Given the result, he at the very least will not be accused of jinxing it. (h/t Football.london)
“It was the most special game I’ve ever seen. A team that had seemingly no chance, and was almost knocked out, they fight, fight, fight and came back to win.”
The Dutchman’s disappointment at the nature of Ajax loss us clear. He has however given credit where due and recognized Tottenham’s fighting spirit that saw them home that night. (h/t Football.london)
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Substitute Lucas Moura was the hero on the night. he came off the bench to score a second-half hat-trick that sent Spurs fans into raptures. The miracle of Amsterdam will never be forgotten by any Spurs fan who witnessed it.