‘There is a foundation for Spurs to get better’, claims talkSPORT host Adrian Durham after Tottenham’s heroic Champions League triumph
talkSPORT host Adrian Durham was full of praise for Tottenham following their dramatic Champions League triumph over Manchester City.
Spurs lost 4-3 in their quarter-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium but made it through to the last four on away goals.
The game was an incredible spectacle and it looked like Mauricio Pochettino’s men had lost it at the death but Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time strike was ruled out for offside after a tense VAR check.
It means Spurs are one more triumph away from a first ever European Cup final with Dutch side Ajax, who have beaten Real Madrid and Juventus in the knockout stages, standing in their way.
The triumph is also a massive psychological hurdle cleared by Spurs with the perception among some football fans that they crumble during the big games.
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And on Thursday’s edition of Drivetime, Durham, alongside co-host Darren Gough discussed whether this could kick start a sustained period of domination in the Champions League and Premier League for Spurs.
And Durham, who has suggested Spurs are not Champions League contenders in the past, said the win over City gives the north London side the ‘foundations to get better’.
Durham said: “When you think that they’ve sustained a place in the top four all through this season even though the Wembley thing probably affected them.
“And not only that but they’ve made it to a Champions League semi-final with a great chance of making it to the final. Who knows what’s going to happen?
“So given all of the problems that Pochettino and the team have had this season, for them to achieve a top four finish probably and Champions League semi-final place, does that not tell you that everything is set fair?
“There is a foundation there for Tottenham to go on and get even better, improve the squad, keep players because they’re doing really well and they’re contenders.
“He’s [Pochettino] turned them into contenders whether you like it or not!
“Whether Arsenal, Chelsea fans want to be in denial – they [Tottenham] are contenders in the last four of the Champions League.”
Source: SportsLatest TS