Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and Manchester United legend Gary Neville are not renowned for their affection towards Tottenham Hotspur, but more their rivalry. On Wednesday night, though, it was a different story.
Spurs had the simple task of overturning a 1-0, first-leg deficit against Ajax away from home. Ajax had already beaten both Juventus and Real Madrid to reach the last four of the competition.
But Spurs made what was a tough challenge into a near-impossible one, as Ajax took a 2-0 lead on the night into half-time. 3-0 down on aggregate, it looked as though Spurs were finished.
After Liverpool’s immense comeback the night before, Spurs went one better as Lucas Moura scored a second-half hat-trick to win on away goals. His third came in the 95th minute, setting up an all-English final.
It sparked Twitter into a frenzy for the second time in the space of 24 hours. Fabregas heaped enormous praise on Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, while Neville reckons Tottenham are now going to win the competition.
Credit where it’s due. What a come back from Spurs. What a coach Pochettino is.
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) May 8, 2019
They really deserve this trophy don’t they 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/QCgqNEZCCP
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 8, 2019
Do Spurs deserve the trophy? Pochettino has spent no money over the past two windows, but watched his side surpass expectation after expectation. In the Champions League, they are the comeback kings.
After one point from their opening three Champions League matches, they looked out at the group stage. But seven from the next three saw them progress. Then there was the incredible two legs against Manchester City.
A 1-0 win at the new ground was followed by a sensational 4-3 defeat at the Etihad, where VAR broke City hearts. Following their latest comeback, do Spurs deserve the trophy? Perhaps.