Tottenham Hotspur are through to the finals of the UEFA Champions League after a shock comeback on Wednesday against Ajax at the Johann Cruyff Arena.

A 95th minute strike by hattrick hero Lucas Moura sent the Lillywhites to the biggest stage of the beloved European competition.

Mauricio Pochettino embraced his players and coaching staff with tears at the full-time whistle, conquering what seemed to be a nightmare of a fixture for the North London side.

Last week, Spurs lost 1-0 on aggregate at home against a young and impressive Ajax. Even in the second leg with goals from captain Matthijs De Ligt and Hakim Ziyech, all hope seemed to be lost.

But Tottenham pulled through and will face Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.

For the Reds a comeback in their second leg against Barcelona seemed like a stretch after losing to the Spanish side 3-0 last week. But an Origi and Wijnaldum brace on Tuesday night inspired a 4-0 win to take them to the final.

The last time two English teams faced each other in a Champions League final was in 2008 between Manchester United and Chelsea.

Since then, Europe has seen a dominance in Spanish football with Real Madrid and Barcelona sharing seven Champions League titles between them.

Atletico Madrid and Sevilla share six Europa League titles within the same time frame but this year, Arsenal and Chelsea are in the final.

For the first time in the history of the European cups, four of the final teams are from one country.

This perhaps is a sign of greatness and resurgence for the future of English football.

After our national team impressed in the World Cup last Summer, we’ve taken the limelight in Europe once again.

The Champions League final seems to be an interesting bout with both teams carrying an impressive calibre of players with them.

I think it will be a tight game for Liverpool and Tottenham, but the Reds may have the edge against Spurs because of their attack.

Meanwhile in the Europa League, Chelsea are usually the predicted winners whenever they have a match against Arsenal but based on recent form, the Gunners may just get their first piece of European silverware.

Photo by Mitch Rosen on Unsplash

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply