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Pochettino wants Spurs to be brave against Ajax

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Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can overturn their Champions League deficit against Ajax if they approach the game with a winning mentality.

Spurs lost the first-leg clash 1-0 at home thanks to Van der Beek and would be looking to overturn the defeat on Wednesday night to book a first ever European Cup final appearance.

Pochettino was clearly disappointed with Tottenham’s display early in the game last week before a more direct and physical approach showed that the Dutch side can be got at.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Donny van de Beek of Ajax celebrates as he scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 30, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

And he believes progression is possible if Spurs can approach the game with bravery knowing the magnitude of the task at hand.

“It’s possible if you play bravely and play with a winning mentality,” he said via Sky. “That is the most important thing.

“I think you, the fans, mostly the players – we feel all disappointed because we didn’t start the game, playing a semi-final of the Champions League.

“We didn’t translate the emotion or the image that we were playing in a Champions League semi-final.

“That is why we feel very, very disappointed after the first leg.”

Tottenham’s form will be a major concern to their fans having lost the last three games in all competitions.