Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Dutch fixtures postponed to give Ajax more time to prepare for Tottenham

Dutch fixtures postponed to give Ajax more time to prepare for Tottenham

"Before the game you don't know how you will play", he said.

Spurs' 4-3 loss in their midweek Champions League fixture took them through on aggregate away goals and knocked Manchester City out of the European competition.

"He's very influential with us and if somebody thought he's very influential with the rest of the world then good".

"Manchester City are trying to win the Premier League and, for us, it's so important to be in the top four for next season".

"I know how good they are, because obviously knocking Madrid and Juventus out is insane".

It's not likely to be a free-flowing game - and City did lose at St James' Park - but it should be another win for the Reds. Pep Guardiola has been accused of overthinking the Champions League tie and meddling too much with his starting XI, but if he does the same thing again this time around, it will be about fitness rather than tactics. Tomorrow I want to see the same from my players - even (when) hurt, in tough moments, that's why we are professional.

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However, when it comes to the bowling department, it is certainly not going to be their strength in this World Cup. Before that, they will play two practice matches against Pakistan and India on May 26 and 28, respectively.

Guardiola said: "We have to improve the defensive department in this stage of the competition and be more solid". It's massive games and none of them are won before we started, before the first whistle. But when you look at the quality some of these teams have, they could've scored more on the day. "No one believed in November we would be in this position in April".

"No team creates the number of chances in Europe that we do".

Virgil played OK on the night but it's hardly a video to share and get people hyped for his return to Barcelona. We have to be very careful about counter-attacks, we have to be very careful about always [being] concentrated because each set-piece will be a proper scoring opportunity for Cardiff.

This is also a critical game for Tottenham as they now occupy third place but are just three points clear of Manchester United in sixth with Arsenal and Chelsea in between.

"Not that it is the final position we want to be, but the awareness from outside of the club, where we are, second time in a Champions League semi-final". You only think that there's only two more to come and go.

"If they forgot what happened on Wednesday that would not be the truth - they would not be human beings".

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