Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he was blown away by Spurs’ miraculous comeback against Ajax and had high praises for his counterpart Mauricio Pochettino.
The two sides lock horns on June 1st in Madrid for the first all English UEFA Champions League final in almost a decade.
Tottenham looked down and out at half-time against Ajax as they needed three goals to progress. Klopp was quick to note the change made by Pochettino that fueled the incredible comeback.
‘It was brilliant. Congratulations to Poch and Spurs. Unbelievable.
‘I would have said, to be honest, what Ajax did in the whole campaign was just incredible, unbelievable. I would say now in the final are the two teams which showed the biggest heart in the whole competition.’ Said Klopp in his pre-match press conference against Wolves
‘But the most talented group is out in the semi-final, because Ajax, age group wise and stuff like that, so many wonderful players running around and they had to pay the price a little bit for the intensity of the game and for the good decisions Mauricio did at half-time.
‘Bringing on [Fernando] Llorente was a masterstroke obviously, and then having direction in the game, so they changed it completely, and that’s football.
‘First half, I watched the game obviously, and we have the same problems with family and friends booking hotels and stuff like that for the final, it’s for all of us the same, and then my son told me, “Probably the Ajax fans start booking now” at half-time, because each minute can be decisive price wise.
‘That’s it, that’s football, the reaction was brilliant. Outstanding what Tottenham did. We have three weeks now to get angry on them again until we play them, but before that night I really thought they deserved it and it was a big one.’
On the topic of the finale being an all English affair, Klopp added:
‘I know what people say about it, it’s money and stuff like that, but if you look at not only the semi-finals, but the way Tottenham took to the final with all the difficulties after a short summer break and were missing a lot of players and stuff like that, it’s not about money. We went through because of our desire, and Tottenham is the same. ‘