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Hot Spur: Lucas Moura celebrates his decisive strike
Hot Spur: Lucas Moura celebrates his decisive strike

By Graham Luney

Emotional Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted he couldn't hold back the tears after his side set up an all Premier League Champions League decider in thrilling fashion.

Tottenham replicated Liverpool's miracle win over Barcelona as Lucas Moura's dramatic second-half hat-trick set up a stunning 3-2 win over Ajax.

Pochettino's men progress on away goals after the 3-3 aggregate score and will now face the Reds in Madrid on June 1 in their first European Cup or Champions League final.

"I want to remember my family... it's amazing to reward them," said the Spurs boss when asked about his emotional reaction.

"They are all heroes but Lucas Moura was a superhero. The emotion is amazing, thank you to football. This type of emotion without football is not possible. Thank you to everyone who has believed in us. To describe this in words is difficult.

"We were talking before the game that when you work and when you feel the love it's not stress, it's passion of the team. We showed we love football.

"This was amazing. It was a joy to watch this kind of game. It's difficult to compete at this level. I am so grateful to live this type of football."

Hat-trick hero Moura said he was proud of his team's sensational comeback and hailed their fighting spirit.

"It's impossible to explain what I'm feeling," he said. "I'm very happy and very proud of my team-mates.

"We gave everything and deserved this moment - we are family."

Moura added: "It's about not only me but my team-mates and teamwork. Everyone worked really hard. Even without key players, we did really well. We need to fight in every game like this.

"Football is amazing - it gives us a moment like this. We cannot imagine. The best moment in my life - in my career. I only need to say thank you to my team-mates."

Spurs were dead and buried at half-time in the second leg at the Johan Cryuff ArenA as they trailed 2-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate after goals from Matthijs De Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.

However, a miraculous comeback, spearheaded by Moura, was completed deep into added time when the Brazilian slotted home to spark amazing scenes.

Midfielder Christian Eriksen said reaching the Champions League final was 'a dream'.

"It was a ridiculous game, we were really far down, we tried to fight back, we were just lucky, I feel sorry for Ajax, they played a very good game against us, today we mostly created more chances, football they played better. It is relief, we have been fighting for this, it is a dream to be in the final," he said.

"We felt like we weren't able to look ourselves in the mirror if we were to go down three or four nil.

"We had to fight, we scored early to get some momentum, put them under pressure. We are lucky the ball falls in the right direction, Luca had a wonderful game we are relieved

"Today it was non tactical, more of a fight and a heart performance - heart and Lucas Moura, he's how we won the game. He deserves it, rollercoaster of a season, for him to get us in the final, I hope he gets a statue in England after this, we are blown away, no real words for it."

Overjoyed full-back Danny Rose added: "We saw Liverpool last night and it just goes to show it's not over until it's over.

"The gaffer mentioned it (Liverpool's win against Barcelona) at the hotel before we left and he just said 'that's the right attitude'."

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