Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino has urged his team to show the same desire that is shown by five time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi ahead of their second leg against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.
Asked if he believes Tottenham could face Messi’s Barcelona in the Champions League final, Pochettino said: “If we play like him [Messi] for sure we are going to have a chance. If we play like him without the ball, with the desire he showed yesterday, for sure we are going to have the chance to qualify for the final. If not, no chance.”
If we play like we played the first 20 minutes [against Ajax], it’s difficult to have a chance. Ajax weren’t better than us. It’s only in the moments they showed more desire than us that they were better. That is the key for football.
“To play Saturday against Bournemouth, we need to show the same desire. If not, it’s difficult to win. Wednesday [against Ajax] is going to be the same.
“It’s so painful when in the same semi-final you watch Messi play with the desire and motivation, and say ‘why did we not feel the same?'”
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