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Spurs can go all the way- Merson

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
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Paul Merson hailed Tottenham’s tactical nous and fighting spirit after their dramatic away-goals win over Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The former Arsenal man credited Spurs mentality after eliminating one of the favourites to win the title across two legs.

The Sky Sports pundit is now backing his former north-London rivals to go all the way and outfox Ajax in the last four of the tournament.

“Everybody in Europe will be looking at this result and going ‘wow’,” Merson told The Debate.

“Anyone can win a one-off game, I’ve seen it a million times in FA Cup shocks. But to go there and score three goals and to show the bottle to have a go…

“Second half, Tottenham were pinned back. They could easily have put their heads down and gone ‘there’s no way we’re getting out of this. At 4-2 down, we’re out’. But they kept on going.

“Don’t take anything away from Tottenham, this is a phenomenal football result and they have every chance of being in the final. Ajax are good but if Tottenham play to their best, they’ll have too much for Ajax.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg Llorente
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate Davinson Sanchez after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“Fair play to Pochettino. I’m a big fan of his and he deserves it. There have been a lot of injuries, their bench wasn’t mouth-watering. We always sit there and say City were unlucky but credit where credit is due for Tottenham.

“They’ve been up here when they were 2-1 up and they’ve been down and then up against it and they still had that fight to come back. That takes a lot of bottle.”

Spurs will once again trade tackles with Man City in Saturday’s early kick-off as they fight to secure a top-four position in the League.

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