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Spurs backed to easily beat ‘feeder club’ Ajax by ex-boss Tim Sherwood

By William Eldridge

Published: 16:37, 8 May 2019

Tottenham Hotspur have a great chance of getting to the Champions League final ahead of their “feeder club” Ajax, according to ex-boss Tim Sherwood.

Spurs face the Dutch side on Wednesday evening in the Champions League semi-final second leg have lost the first leg 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Can Spurs reach the Champions League? Five things you need to know…

  1. Spurs lost 1-0 against Ajax at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
  2. A first-half goal from Donny van de Beek secured a vital away victory for the Dutch side.
  3. However, Spurs can now field returning forward Son Heung-Min who is back from suspension.
  4. The Premier League club have four ex-Ajax players in their ranks: Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Davison Sanchez.
  5. The winner of this semi-final will face Liverpool in the final in June following their explosive 4-0 victory against Barcelona.

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager Sherwood was talking about his former club’s chances Wednesday evening when he referred to the Eredivisie side as Spurs’ “feeder club”.

Sherwood feels that the north London club have more than enough talent to progress to the final despite Ajax’s professional performance in England last week.

Speaking to TalkSport, he said: “I think Pochettino is saying that maybe it’s a bit far-fetched that Tottenham should win the Champions League, but I disagree, I think they’ve got the players to beat anyone on their day.

“If it’s far-fetched for Tottenham to win the Champions League, how far-fetched would it be if their feeder club won the Champions League – and that’s Ajax.

“At the beginning of the season, if you said you’re going to play a two-legged semi-final against Ajax to get into the final of the Champions League, they would have ripped your hands off!

“The objective at the start of every season is to finish in the top four and yes it would be nice to win a domestic cup, so to win the Champions League would be a dream.

“But, they’ve got a chance. They’re playing against Ajax who are their feeder club, let’s face it. They’ve got four of their former players in Tottenham’s side.

“Ajax have done brilliantly, they’re a great young side and they’re showing up a lot of the Premier League with the way they’re going about it and the philosophy of their football club, but you’d have to say Tottenham have got to be favourites over two legs.

“I expect them to hit the ground running tonight and take the game to Ajax.”

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“The biggest game of their lives”

Both sides go into this match knowing they are just 90 minutes from reaching the Champions League final where a jubilant Liverpool await them. With the match currently resting at 1-0 at the halfway point, either side still have a fantastic chance joining Jurgen Klopp’s side next month in Madrid.

Sherwood believes that this is the best chance that either side are going to have to get to a Champions League final and stresses that Liverpool have proven you cannot write anyone off in this competition.

He continued: “You would have to say, for both of these teams, this is going to be their best chance ever to get to a Champions League final.

“It’s a massive game, the biggest game of those young lads’ lives.

“But, a bit like Liverpool last night, everyone wrote Tottenham off in the group stage. Everyone thought they were dead, they were dead against Manchester City at 95 minutes and VAR saved them, and now everyone is writing them off again.

“I believe they will go to the final and play Liverpool.”