Overcoming Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final was more than a simple matter of tactics, according to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham beat City on away goals after a pulsating 4-4 aggregate draw to set up a last-four tie with this season’s surprise package Ajax.
It represents the club’s first-ever appearance at this stage in either the Champions League or European Cup, whilst Guardiola was condemned to an eighth consecutive year without an appearance in the final of Europe’s premier club competition.
Pochettino’s side will play Dutch outfit Ajax for the right to face either Barcelona or Liverpool in the Madrid showpiece on June 1, and the Spurs boss believes that fortune played a part in dragging his team to this stage of the competition.
“There is nothing concrete, it had to do with a lot of things,” Pochettino told Goal . “It goes beyond a tactical approach. It’s about quality, overcoming the circumstances that are taking place, the different moments that a match has, and also having some luck.
“We should not get too proud, but we also have quality in our football. We face each game with courage.”