Paul Merson sends message to Tottenham fans after Man City heroics

Paul Merson gives his reaction after Tottenham knocked Man City out of the Champions League on Wednesday night

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has praised Tottenham Hotspur for their brilliant performance after they knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League to reach the semi-finals.

Spurs managed to progress on away goals after a 4-3 defeat by Pep Guardiola’s men at The Etihad was enough to see them through to the last four, where they will take on Ajax.

Two goals from Son Heung-Min and a strike from Fernando Llorente handed Mauricio Pochettino’s men all they needed to reach the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.

Former Arsenal star Merson was hugely impressed by Tottenham’s mentality and the fact that they were able to triumph over the defending Premier League champions across two legs.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Merson said: “Everybody in Europe will be looking at this result and going ‘wow’.

“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.

“Tottenham have just beaten one of the best club teams in the world. We go mad over Man City and how good they are. But they’ve beaten them over two legs.”

Merson also looked ahead to Spurs’ showdown with Ajax in the semi-finals, where they will battle it out for a place against either FC Barcelona or Liverpool FC.

He continued: “Ajax do play without fear. But we’re in a Champions League semi-final now.

“This isn’t your league games or going to Juventus or Real Madrid when you have nothing to lose, when teams half take liberties with them.

“Tottenham won’t do that. Tottenham will give them respect. There will be nerves both ways and it’s whoever handles the nerves best.

“Don’t open the game up Tottenham because these will rip teams to shreds. Juventus did it and they went through them like a knife through butter.

“But I think Tottenham will be too strong. Defensively they’re very good and I think Tottenham will get to the final, I really do.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham will return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Manchester City to play them once again at The Etihad.

The Lilywhites, who are third in the table, are aiming to beat the Citizens to keep their bid to finish in the top four on track.

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