Tottenham transfer statement made by Rio Ferdinand after epic Champions League win
Tottenham found themselves trailing 3-0 on aggregate after 45 minutes at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Wednesday night but a fantastic second half hat-trick from Lucas Moura saw Spurs progress on away goals.
Pochettino has not been able to spend any money in the last two transfer windows but Ferdinand thinks the Argentine is now is a position to press Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for money to spend in the summer window.
Ferdinand argues that Moura, who was signed for £25million in the 2018 January transfer window from PSG, is proof Pochettino knows how to spend money wisely.
Speaking on BT Sport Ferdinand said: “I’ll tell you what, if [Pochettino] goes to Daniel Levy and says ‘listen, the last player that I bought, you gave me money for 18 months ago, was Lucas Moura.
If [Pochettino] goes to Daniel Levy and says ‘listen, the last player that I bought, you gave me money for 18 months ago, was Lucas Moura’
“‘So I’m good at it, give me some more’. Do you know what I mean?”
Spurs came into the game in Amsterdam trailing 1-0 from the first leg and didn’t get off to the best of starts when Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt opened the Dutch team’s account after five minutes.
Hakim Ziyech then extended Ajax’s lead with a fabulous first-time strike from a pass from ex-Southampton winger Dusan Tadic.
However, ten minutes after the break Moura clawed one back for Tottenham, before adding his second of the night with a shot on the turn to beat Ajax’s keeper Andre Onana in the 59th minute.
The stage was then set for another dramatic Champions League comeback after Liverpool had overturned a three-goal deficit against Barcelona on Tuesday night.
Spurs utilised the height of Fernando Llorente to play a more direct game as Ajax found themselves playing deeper inside their own half as the clock ticked on.
Then, in the fifth minute of injury time, Dele Alli laid off a pass to Moura on the edge of the box who then cooly slotted the ball home into the bottom right corner.
After the game an emotional Pochettino praised his players for their heroic performance in the Netherlands.
“It’s still difficult to talk, the emotion is amazing,” he said on BT Sport.
“Thank you football, thank you these guys, these players are my heroes.
“I told you in the last year, I told everyone that we have a group of players who are heroes.
“They showed today. The second half was amazing.
“Thank you. Thank you football. Thank you to our fans.
“Thank you to the people who believed and helped us achieve this amazing moment. It’s difficult to describe.”
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