Dele Alli speaks out on challenge of facing giant-killers Ajax after Manchester City victory
Tottenham star Dele Alli admits Ajax are a top young side (Picture: Getty)
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Dele Alli knows Tottenham are in for a tough challenge when they face giant-killers Ajax for a place in the Champions League final.
Spurs reached the last four in Europe for the first time since 1961/62 after they saw off Manchester City in a classic quarter final second-leg victory at the Etihad on Wednesday night.
Fernando Llorente bundled the ball past Ederson in the 73rd minute and it was enough to send Mauricio Pochettinos men through on away goals.
Raheem Sterling looked to have scored a last-gasp winner for City but Sergio Aguero was adjudged to have been offside in the build-up and referee Cuneyt Cakir disallowed the goal.
Tottenhams semi-final opponents Ajax have already beaten Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League knockout stages and Alli is aware of the daunting task ahead.
Weve proven we deserve to be here at the top among the top teams in the world, he said following Spurs win over Pep Guardiolas side.
We want to keep improving each season and I think weve done that since weve been together getting further and further in the Champions League each year.
We need to really make our mark and its going to be another tough game.
Theyre a top side, a young side but were looking forward to the challenge.
Pochettino praised the character and personality of his players following their thrilling victory over City.
It was unbelievable – the way it finished. I am so happy, so proud. My players are heroes to be here. I am so happy for them, so happy for the fans, Tottenhams manager said after the game.
In a moment many things happened in your head, the disappointment was massive but they changed the decision. That is why we love football.