Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier has opened up on the stirring team-talk provided by sidelined star man Harry Kane at half-time of the North Londoners’ historic turnaround victory over Ajax.
Spurs to meet Liverpool
Mauricio Pochettino’s men travelled to Amsterdam last night, for the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Dutch giants Ajax.
The hosts headed into proceedings as favourites to advance, on the back of their 1-0 win in last week’s first-leg in North London.
As such, when first-half goals from Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech saw Ajax race out to a 3-0 aggregate lead, Tottenham were inevitably widely-written off.
What took place over the ensuing 45 minutes at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, though, saw the Premier League outfit shock the football world.
After Lucas Moura netted twice within the opening quarter of an hour following the interval, the former PSG man went on to secure his hat-trick in the most spectacular of circumstances with the final kick of the game.
As such, Spurs are set to meet Liverpool in an all-English Champions League final on June 1st.
2-0 down going into the second half, Tottenham needed a hero…
Step forward, Lucas Moura 🇧🇷
A breathtaking display with THE most dramatic climax 👏 pic.twitter.com/tUZMXiizbr
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 9, 2019
‘Gives us that extra lift’
Making Tottenham’s victory last night even more impressive was the fact that the capital giants managed it without the services of star hitman Harry Kane.
English international Kane has been sidelined since last month with an ankle injury.
The Spurs’ vice-captain’s influence, though, nevertheless proved crucial to the club’s fortunes last night.
As revealed by Kieran Trippier in the aftermath of his side’s historic win, Kane’s rousing half-time team-talk in the Tottenham dressing room proved just what the doctor ordered on the back of a lacklustre first-half display:
‘Harry’s exceptional for club and country. I don’t know the timescale with his injury but obviously we’re all hoping he can be back. Because of his presence, even here.’
‘At half-time he came in and was going mental at us because we can do better, which we all knew. But this is what we need, the leadership he has.’
‘The way he came in at half-time and wasn’t happy, we all knew that.’
‘He just gives us that extra lift because his presence was massive for us.’
Quotes via Sky Sports