Moussa Sissoko has announced that the next seven days will be the biggest week of the Tottenham Hotspur season, as they attempt to qualify for the Champions League final by defeating Ajax on Wednesday before facing Everton to seal a place among the top four, which would guarantee them a place in the competition of the elite clubs of Europe again the next campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team was reduced to nine men in Bournemouth on Saturday, while Sissoko urged the Spurs to remain calm and shake their last setback by winning a historic victory in Amsterdam.
I think the good thing is that Ajax is a team that likes to play. I do not think they’ll stick together at the back, sit in the back and just defend. I think they will try to play, try to score and for us, we know we have to score as soon as possible. We will play our game, try to score a goal and if we have the chance to score a goal, the game will be at 50-50. If we can score two goals, we know it will be difficult for them. We must make sure that we score the first goal, not concede, and afterward, we will see what happens.
Sissoko admitted that it would be painful for the Spurs to fail to secure UEFA Champions League football next season after exceeding their hopes of reaching the last four this time, defeating Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City. They must either beat Everton Sunday to carve a place in the top four or win the Champions League to qualify. “If you’re in the Champions League semi-finals and you’re not next season, it’s going to be a bit of a pain, but I do not think about it,” said the Tottenham midfielder. “I’m sure, like everyone else, that we will be in the Champions League next season and for that, we have to play a huge game on Wednesday to try to reach the final and beat Everton.
The final of the Champions League would be incredible. At the beginning of the Champions League, no one expected us to occupy this position. If we win and reach the final, it will be a dream for everyone. We must believe in ourselves because we can do it. It will not be an easy match because Ajax is a good team.