Spurs have a 1-0 disadvantage heading into Wednesday’s crucial semifinal second leg against Ajax, but that hardly seems insurmountable. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have defied the odds time and time again to reach this stage of the competition.
Tottenham arrived in Amsterdam on Tuesday ahead of the big game, and it seems Pochettino is in a good mood. The Argentinian manager joked with the press about what he should do if Spurs can do the unthinkable and win the Champions League.
Quite a few desperate media outlets have run with this story as some kind of “bombshell.” But is it not obvious that Pochettino is joking? Look at his face!
It seems like he’s just laughing at the ridiculous idea that Spurs might actually win the whole thing. And given what has happened to Tottenham on this European journey, can anyone blame him?
There have been so many instances where it seemed like the Lilywhites were set to bow out of the competition. We all remember the drama of the second leg with Manchester City, but remember also that Spurs had to pull off a miracle just to get out of the group stage.
And let’s not forget that this is a manager who has repeatedly spoken about Tottenham as being his “home” and has trolled the press before in similar ways. There’s really no threat of him leaving this summer, especially as early transfer rumors are making it seem like Spurs might actually spend money in the coming window, just as Pochettino requested.
If Spurs can win the most prestigious trophy in Europe, Poch will truly have achieved one of the all-time great feats of management in any professional sport.
But first, Tottenham have to win on Wednesday against a talented team in a hostile environment.
To quote the great Kevin Garnett: “anything is possible.”