‘To forever and beyond’ – Champions League semi


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‘To forever and beyond’ – Pochettino on vital his dream

Champions League semi-finalists Tottenham are “living a dream”, says manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs horde Dutch joining leaders Ajax – who have knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus – in a initial leg of their tie on Tuesday (20:00 BST).

It is Tottenham’s initial Champions League semi-final, yet they reached a final 4 of a 1962 European Cup, losing to contingent winners Benfica.

“You need to set your dreams to forever and beyond,” pronounced Pochettino.

“When we grasp things it’s since we dream them. To be in a Champions League semi-final with Tottenham was a dream 5 years ago – though we’re vital a dream.

“You know we contingency always dream for a moon if we wish to get something in a sky.”

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Tottenham knocked out Premier League leaders Manchester City in a Champions League quarter-finals

Tottenham picked adult usually one indicate from their initial 3 organisation games – though afterwards wins over PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan, and an divided pull during Barcelona, took them into a knockout stages.

They separated German side Borussia Dortmund in a final 16 and Premier League rivals Manchester City in a thespian quarter-final.

“We have a suggestion in a organisation that we can grasp anything and all is probable – that’s a strength,” combined Argentine Pochettino.

“We have a good event to be here personification a semi-final. It has not happened often.

“We contingency uncover honour for a opponents and Ajax entirely merit to be where they are. It’s going to be a really rival game.”

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Spurs will be though tip goalscorer Harry Kane, who is out with an ankle vinculum injury, and associate brazen Son Heung-min, who is suspended.

Midfielder Harry Winks has had groin medicine and is not approaching to play again this season.

However, midfielder Moussa Sissoko is behind in training after blank 3 games with a groin problem, while defender Jan Vertonghen is set to lapse after being complacent for a 1-0 detriment to West Ham in a Premier League on Saturday.

With Kane and Son both unavailable, Lucas Moura is set to feature.

“It’s a large impulse for me,” pronounced a Brazilian. “It’s a dream to play in this competition. we need to suffer this event and play my best.”

Moura pronounced he hoped Kane would be fit for a second leg in Amsterdam on 8 May, though Pochettino pronounced he did not design that to happen.

“Harry Kane is doing well, his rehab has been good,” pronounced a manager. “He is starting to run a small bit though we can't emanate an thought that we can't achieve. He’s in a good place so we will see what happens.”

Ajax, forward of PSV Eindhoven on idea disproportion during a tip of a Dutch Eredivisie, final played in a Champions League semi-finals in 1996-97.

Erik 10 Hag’s side twice drew with German giants Bayern Munich in a organisation proviso and have separated Real Madrid – winners of a foe in 4 of a past 5 seasons – and Italian champions Juventus in a knockout phase.

“We wish to continue this curve,” pronounced Ten Hag.

“It’s extraordinary that we’re in a Champions League semi-finals. Nobody could have likely during a commencement of a deteriorate that a Dutch organisation would finish adult in a Champions League semi-finals.

“We have achieved something – though we wish to do more. We don’t wish to rest on a laurels.”

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