Here we go. Tottenham Hotspur are playing in their first ever Champions League semifinal match, a first-leg tie against Dutch powerhouse and multiple European champion Ajax. And if you’re not nervous, I don’t know what to tell you.
Ajax are a very good team — they beat Real Madrid and Juventus over two legs to get here — and have some of the best young talent in the world at their disposal. Spurs are a talented team but will be without several key components of their squad — Harry Kane and Harry Winks are injured, and Son Heung-Min will miss this first leg through suspension for yellow card accumulation. As a consequence, Spurs may find it difficult to deal with Ajax’s intense press, and/or find it tough to score.
In many ways, having the home leg be first is good for Spurs — if they can contain Ajax and keep them from scoring an away goal, they can kick the can down the road a bit and hopefully go into the second leg in Amsterdam with a healthier squad. But first they need to get a result here. Any result will do.
How to Watch
Time/Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 3 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. BST
ELocation: Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, North London, United Kingdom
Match Official: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
TV: BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom), TNT (USA-English), Univision (USA-Spanish), Optus (Australia), other countries at www.livesoccertv.com
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