Tottenham defender Danny Rose disclosed the team watched Liverpool’s heroic comeback against Barcelona and used it as inspiration to upset Ajax on home turf.
Spurs, who trailed 1-0 from the first leg, started on the wrong foot as they conceded two goals to make it even more difficult to secure a spot in the final.
However, they came out firing from all cylinders in the second half with their efforts rewarded with a hat-trick from Lucas Moura to complete another dramatic comeback, barely 24 hours after Liverpool’s heroics at Anfield.
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Speaking to BT Sport immediately after the final whistle, Rose opened up on how he and his team-mates were able to believe anything was possible.
“We saw Liverpool last night and it just goes to show it’s not over until it’s over. There were a few words said at half-time and we then played like that,’ said the full-back.
“We can beat anyone when we play like that. The gaffer mentioned it at the hotel before we left and said that’s the right attitude.
“How we started against Ajax in the first leg was not right and now we’re looking forward to the final.”
Toby Alderwiereld, playing against his former club, outlined how his side simply approached the near impossible test ahead of them logically.
“If you concede two goals, you have to score three,” he said.
“[It has been a] Difficult season for us but it shows our mentality. After the first leg everybody was saying ‘Ajax Ajax’ but we showed today we wanted it more.
"'I'm very proud to play in this team."
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“Of course, it was mentally difficult but then we started playing better, playing football and that changed the game for us.”
Tottenham and Liverpool will go head to head inside Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday, June 1.