Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham can progress past Ajax in the Champions League if they play without fear in the semi-final second leg. 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.
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They may require something special against the Dutch side, who have beaten Real Madrid and Juventus in previous rounds, but the Spurs boss says it is possible. Pochettino was disappointed with his side’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 play without fear.
“It’s possible. 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.”