‘I’m so emotional now’ – Pochettino hails Tottenham ‘heroes’ after Champions League semi-final comeback
An emotional Mauricio Pochettino hailed his Tottenham players as “heroes” after they fought back against Ajax to progress to the Champions League final.
The London side were down 3-0 on aggregate midway through their semi-final second-leg against Ajax in Amsterdam, but a Lucas Moura hat-trick in the second-half booked their spot in next month’s final against Liverpool.
Ajax looked capable of grinding out the result until the final seconds of the game, as Moura struck the decisive six minutes into stoppage time.
The final whistle sent the Tottenham players and staff into wild celebrations on the field and coach Pochettino was in tears as he embraced his players.
Speaking after the game, he was still overwhelmed by his side’s achievement and continued to praise his players.
“It is still difficult to call. It’s emotional. It’s amazing. Thank you football,” he told BT Sport. “Thank you these guys, my players are heroes. In the last year I have been telling everyone that I have a group of players who are heroes.