Champions League semi-finals kicks off today. With Tottenham hosting the Dutch league leaders Ajax today. While Liverpool will be away to Camp Nou the Barcelona’s home ground on Wednesday. Spurs picked up one point from their first three group games. Their wins against PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan including an away draw at the Camp Nou Barcelona. These took them into knockout stages.
Tottenham eliminated German side Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 and Manchester City their premier league rival in a dramatic quarter-final. It is Tottenham’s first Champions League semi-final. Though they reached the last four of the 1962 European Cup, losing to Benfica who eventually were the winner that season. Pochettino in an interview with the media said “You need to set your dreams to infinity and beyond, when you achieve things it’s because you dream them. To be in the Champions League semi-final with Tottenham was a dream five years ago. But we’re living the dream. “You know we must always dream for the moon if you want to get something in the sky.”
Ajax on the other-hand, knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus. And are currently at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie ahead of PSV Eindehoven on goal difference. Erik ten Hag’s side last played in the semi-final of Champions League in 1996/1997 season. The Dutch league league champions in their record this season, drew with the German gaint Bayern in the group stage and also won Real Madrid and Italian champions Juventus in the knock-out stage.
In an interview with Erik ten Hag’s, he said “We want to continue this curve, It’s amazing that we’re in the Champions League semi-finals. Nobody could have predicted at the beginning of the season that a Dutch team would end up in the Champions League semi-finals. We have achieved something, but we want to do more. We don’t want to rest on our laurels.”
FC Barcelona Preview
Elsewhere, FC Barcelona will be hosting Liverpool. With each side having five European Cups to their name. Both sides are still bidding to take a historical step towards a sixth European cup. Barcelona are 22 games unbeaten in all competitions winning sixteen and six draws. Barca has also won six of their last seven matches beating Levante 1-0 on Saturday to secure their 26th Liga title with three games to spare. making it their fourth championship in five seasons and eighth in the last 11.
However, while Barcelona won their last two games at Anfield, Liverpool has recording two wins and two draws on their four previous visits. And so, are unbeaten in away games against Barcelona as they meet for the first time in more than a decade in the teams’ third semi-final contest in UEFA club competition. Barcelona are in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time since winning their fifth European title four seasons ago. Although they have won only two of their last five contests at this stage. Liverpool, meanwhile, have reached successive semi-finals and will be seeking to extend an unbeaten sequence at the Camp Nou. Liverpool are also 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions five draws. Since a 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Wolves on 7 January. They have won their last ten games.