Rio Ferdinand reacts to Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Ajax

Rio Ferdinand has his say on Tottenham's incredible 3-2 win over Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand (Photo: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand believes that Tottenham Hotspur will be able to use their incredible run to the Champions League final as an advertisement for new signings this summer.

The Lilywhites booked their place in their first ever Champions League final on Wednesday night thanks to their remarkable 3-2 comeback win over Ajax in Amsterdam.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Spurs found themselves 2-0 down at half-time after goals from Matthijs De Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.

However, Lucas Moura scored an incredible second-half hat-trick to secure Tottenham’s place in the final against Liverpool FC in Madrid on 1 June.

Tottenham have already all but secured a top-four finish this season and the Lilywhites will now aim to win their first ever trophy under Mauricio Pochettino next month.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand feels that the result will only boost the direction of the north London club moving forwards.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Ferdinand said: “He [Pochettino] can go to Daniel Levy now and say listen the last player I bought was Lucas Moura and look what he’s done tonight.

“Those players were a representation of their manager, all heart. They’ve been fantastic, a great advert for pure football but this game can be cruel.

“There’ll be times when this situation happens and it’s about how to pick yourself up from here.”

He continued: “If there were some players sitting in there with some of the results they’ve had and thinking this is falling apart then this could be a catalyst.

“There’s no better advert for new signings watching this and they’ve got a manager you would want to play for. In the first game Llorente didn’t go and pick on Blind but today he’s been told to.

“He couldn’t deal with him physically and that’s where the winning goal comes from. I said it before when Dele Alli plays off the front, in terms of timing and runs into the box, he’s up there with the best in the world.”

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Everton at their new stadium on Sunday in their final Premier League game of the season, before turning their attentions towards their clash with Liverpool in Madrid in the Champions League final next month.

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