Mauricio Pochettino has called upon his Spurs side to draw inspiration from his playing days as they look to overcome Ajax in Amsterdam tomorrow.
Pochettino featured for a Newell’s Old Boys side that beat Colombian outfit America de Cali in a thrilling semifinal to reach the finals of Copa Libertadores 1992.
Poch, only 20 at the time headed his side into an early lead before Jorge Da Silva converted from the spot to score a last gasp equaliser.
The penalty shootout that followed is the longest in the history of the competition.
Pochettino was in the limelight again as he missed his side’s seventh penalty, with a horribly skied effort only to be rescued by his goalkeeper Norberto Scoponi.
His side went on to win the shootout 11-10 only to be eventually beaten by a star-studded Sau Paulo side in the finale.
Although the final ended in agony, Poch remembers the whole tournament very fondly
“It was crazy. I remember this game, how no one believed in us. They were the favourites. It was all prepared [for them],” he said.
“I remember this semi-final because we were so brave. Actually, we didn’t play so bravely! Because we scored early and then we parked the bus. And we tried to play counter-attack.
“Yes, it’s true, we defended all the time. But yes, it was an amazing game.”
He went on to add that his Spurs side can replicate the heroics of Newell’s Old Boys 1992 but must show the same bravery and mentality.
“It’s possible. It’s possible if you play bravely and play with a winning mentality,” he said. “That is the most important thing.
“I think you, the fans, mostly the players – we feel all disappointed because we didn’t start the game, playing a semi-final of the Champions League.
“We didn’t translate the emotion or the image that we were playing in a Champions League semi-final.
“That is why we feel very, very disappointed after the first leg.”