Harry Kane says he is “hopeful” of being fit for the 2019 Champions League final, after he watched his Tottenham teammates produce a stunning comeback in Amsterdam last night.
Spurs were already 1-0 down from the first leg and things got a lot worse when Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt doubled their lead after just five minutes. And after 35 minutes, the tie looked over when Hakim Ziyech scored a brilliant second on the night for Erik ten Hag’s exciting crop of youngsters. But that was only half of the story.
With 10 minutes gone in the second half, Tottenham needed a glimmer of hope and it was provided by Lucas Moura. And a few minutes later Spurs’ mountain was reduced even further, again by Moura, who spun brilliantly before smashed the ball into the back of the net following a good save by Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to keep out Fernando Llorente.
With just a minute left on the clock, Tottenham’s big chance came but Vertonghen could only head onto the bar from four yards out and that looked like that. There was still time for Hugo Lloris to make a brilliant save at the other end, before one last punt upfield towards Llorente. The Spanish forward had caused the Ajax defence problems all through the second half and after getting the better of them one more time, he allowed Dele Alli to slide a brilliant pass into Lucas Moura, who swept the ball home to send the Tottenham players, fans, staff and manager into Ecstasy.
WHAT IS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!?!?!?!?!?!!
SPURS HAVE DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LUCAS MOURA YOU LEGEND!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/oBmpjbUePq
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 8, 2019
The win left co-commentator Jermain Jenas speechless and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on his knees on the pitch. It was a night Tottenham fans will never forget and they’ll now take their place in the 2019 Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid.
The Spurs striker has not played since April 9th and the ankle injury he suffered was expected to keep him out until the end of the season, however, with the last Premier League match of the campaign coming up this weekend, he’s now got three weeks to get himself fit for the final in Madrid.
“Rehab is going well,” said Kane.
“I started straight line running this week and I have to start training even harder to prove myself to the gaffer.”
“I’m a fan first and foremost and I know how much it means to the club.
“It was a disappointing first half and we let them play. I went into the dressing room at half-time and we knew it [the performance] wasn’t good enough. We said we had 45 minutes to give everything.
“The lads dug deep and showed passion and that is all you can ask for. We had to wait to get the third in the last minute and we found a way. That’s what football is about and we have the final to come.”
The Scenes at Full-time in Amsterdam
ICYMI (and where were you!)
The moment Tottenham booked their place in the Champions League final.
A night no one will ever forget ❤️pic.twitter.com/Rt2VYWAf1O
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 9, 2019
Ajax’s fans and players were devastated at full-time and the result on harsh on their brilliant team, but it was Tottenham’s night and the scenes that greeted the full-time whistle will never be forgotten.
The 2019 Champions League final takes place on Saturday 1st June in Madrid, where Liverpool will play Tottenham Hotspur in an all Premier League final.