ajax are favourites - pochettino

16:00    19 Apr 2019

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes Ajax Amsterdam are favourites to book their place in this season's Uefa Champions League final.

Spurs will face the Dutch giants in the semi-finals of this season's competition, with the first leg to take place in London on April 30, before the reverse fixture in Amsterdam next month.

Tottenham beat Premier League rivals Manchester City in a thrilling quarter-final showdown to edge closer to a historic final appearance, while Ajax beat holders Real Madrid before upsetting Italian champions Juventus.

Pochettino believes Ajax's run in the competition makes them favourites to face either Barcelona or Liverpool in the final in Madrid on June 1.

He said as per Sky Sports News: "We need to be humble. No one expected us to beat City. It can give massive belief but if you are not clever enough to manage it, that victory can make you weaker.

"It's so important to respect Ajax. Beating Real Madrid and Juventus means they are more favourites than us - that is a reality.

"It is not important the opponents, the most important is how we are going to approach the semi-final. I hope we arrive with nearly all the squad fit, to give us different options to decide a plan. But we are so positive, like always."

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