Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kieran Trippier believes his team can still advance to the Champions League final in spite of a disappointing 1-0 loss to Ajax on Tuesday night
The Premier League giants were utterly outplayed by the Dutch visitors, barely producing one shot on target for the entire 90 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But, it’s fair to say that Maurizio Pochettino was deprived of the services of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, who both had to remain on the sidelines due to injuries.
The 79-capped South Korea international will, however, recover for Spurs’ trip to the Johan Cruyff Arena, as Trippier labeled him as a key man in Tottenham’s pursuit of the Champions League final.
“It was a difficult first 20, 25 minutes. We just couldn’t close them down as we like to, the pressing that we do week in, week out.
“I thought we gradually got into the game and kept on pushing. We gave everything to try and equalize in the second half.
“Obviously it is only 1-0 – we go to their place next week and hopefully we can get a performance.
“Sonny is back for the next leg, and we will give everything we have got. We all believe, we have the belief in the squad.
“Next Wednesday, we have nothing to lose. We will try to score as many goals as we can like we did at Man City – and anything can happen.”
Author of an outstanding season, former Bayer Leverkusen forward has netted 20 goals and added ten assists in 45 top-flight appearances for the Spurs this term.
The 26-year-old has been Tottenham’s standout performer in the Champions League knockout stage, scoring four goals in as many European outings since the turn of the year.
After overwhelming Manchester City with three goals in their two-legged quarter-final tie, no one can underestimate Son’s influence in the second leg in Amsterdam.