Jose Mourinho said he “would not be shocked” if Tottenham Hotspur won the Champions League and urged them to follow his game plan to beat Ajax in the semi-finals.
After a dramatic night in Manchester in which the Spurs scored goals after a 4-4 draw, North Londoners will now face the leaders of Eredivisie to determine who will play against the final against Barcelona or Liverpool in Madrid. Mourinho thinks the two semi-finals are in the balance and although Ajax and Spurs would be outsiders if they had to qualify for the final, he is confident they can go all the way.
“I’m really happy for both,” Mourinho told Russia Today. “I always said that, when you enter the quarterfinals, you’re there for some reason. ‘In the group stage, you are sometimes lucky, sometimes your opponent is not as good as expected, sometimes you are lucky in the last 16 draws. But when you come to the quarter-finals, with great respect, I always say 12.5% for everyone. ‘When you arrive in the semifinals, it’s even more 25% each. I would not be surprised if Ajax or Tottenham win the Champions League.
‘Okay, I might be a bit surprised but I would not be in shock right now because they are in the semifinals and one of them will go to the final and the final is a final it’s apart. It is a 90 minutes career game for the majority of people. “I think that right now they both dreams of it and they have reason to dream it; Ajax, the giant killers, and Tottenham, we cannot say the same, because City has no tradition of success in the Champions League, but it is the best team in the country and they also beat them. It’s 50/50. ‘