Champions League fixtures: Why Barcelona, Ajax are favourites to reach the final

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Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko was only fit enough to return to the bench for the first leg of Spurs' first Champions League semi-final since 1962 at home to Ajax on Tuesday. What we saw here was merely Ajax continuing where they had left off against Juventus in the quarter-final and, before that, Real Madrid in the first knockout phase. Independent doctors should be on the sidelines ready to assess players suspected of concussion, and clubs should be allowed a free substitution if the player is confirmed to be concussed.

"Is that still unfair for them or for us?"

The Dutch side conceded two headed goals in the last round and with Alli being more than capable in the air I'll be backing the Spurs number 20 to score a header at a fetching 14/1 (Sky Bet).

"If you go into these games with the defending mentality, and maybe not trying to win, we might draw some more".

Arnautovic found Antonio from six yards out in the 67th minute for the contest's lone strike.

Mauricio Pochettino did not sign any players in either of the last two transfer windows as Spurs contended with the cost of their new stadium, yet they have also managed to be competitive on all fronts. It was a hard game but in the second half we conceded a lot of space for them to counter attack.

European football is clearly in something of a transition phase right now and could radically change over the next five years, so as many voices sticking up for Celtic is key to ensuring we are not cut off from the most illustrious club competition in world football.

Ole: We need players with the right mentality
"The world has changed, you don't have a Bryan Robson, a Roy Keane or Steve Bruce in our dressing room", said Solskaer. This weekend's game is crucial for both clubs in the battle to finish in the top four.

West Ham captain Mark Noble has hailed his side after they won 1-0 at Tottenham on Saturday.

Yet, already shorn of the injured Harry Kane and suspended Son Heung-min, they were forced to reorganise again when a battered and bloodied Vertonghen had to come off having collided with Alderweireld's head. And sure Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek were brilliant, but today Ajax showed a different kind of strength too: a defensive one.

"The semi-final is a game where it's impossible to be exhausted", Pochettino said.

While Tottenham will be playing just three days after the demoralizing defeat, Ajax enter the contest on a full week's rest.

Spurs now need a victory in Amsterdam next Wednesday or they will miss the chance to clinch European glory against either La Liga title winners Barcelona or Premier League rivals Liverpool.

"It's all going quite fast", van de Beek said, according to Reuters.

But while it is young Dutch talent that has spearheaded Ajax's march, Ten Hag said it was a couple of former Premier League players who have provided the winning mentality.

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