Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane’s half-time fury inspired the club to victory against Ajax on Wednesday night, according to right-back Kieran Trippier.
Having gone 2-0 down in the first half, Spurs came back to win 3-2 against Ajax, winning their Champions League semi-final 3-3 on away goals.
Kane fuels Spurs: Five things you need to know…
- Harry Kane got injured in Tottenham’s 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg victory against Manchester City.
- The England international has been absent since, with Spurs qualifying for the semi-final at the expense of the Citizens.
- Spurs lost 1-0 at home to Ajax via a Donny van de Beek goal.
- In the second leg the Londoners were 2-0 down at half-time, but a Lucas Moura hat-trick inspired the Premier League side to victory.
- The win means this year’s Champions League final will be an all English affair between Spurs and Liverpool.
Speaking to reporters after the club’s historic night in Amsterdam, Trippier revealed how injured Kane went “mental” at his teammates at half time, inspiring the side to go on and shock Europe.
“Harry’s exceptional for club and country,” said Trippier. “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.”
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What a night for Spurs
After Liverpool’s heroics on Tuesday evening against Barcelona, few thought Tottenham’s match against Ajax would cause half as much drama.
That feeling intensified after the Dutch side went two goals ahead on the night, with Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech both scoring to put Ajax in dreamland.
However, two quick-fire goals from Lucas dragged the English side back into the match before a last second hit from the Brazilian secured his hat-trick, the club’s place in the final, and his place in Spurs folklore.
Tottenham will hope Kane can return to fitness in time for the club’s final clash against Liverpool next month.