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Ahmed Ahmed

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 19:16 GMT

Tottenham Hotspur are set to play in the first-leg of their first ever Champions League semi-final against Ajax on Tuesday 30th April. The first game will be at the club’s new stadium in London and they will travel to Amsterdam on Wednesday 8th May for the second-leg.

Spurs will have a host of players missing, with Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks all out with injury. Son Heung-Min is suspended and Dutch striker Vincent Janssen is ineligible. Moussa Sissoko and Jan Vertonghen both trained on Monday morning but will have late fitness tests to see if they are available.

The BBC reported that Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino spoke at the pre-match conference and praised his side’s spirit: "We have a spirit in the team that we can achieve anything and all is possible. That is our strength," he said. "We have a great opportunity to be here playing the semi-final, it has not happened often. It is our first time in the Champions League semi-final, that is why you must show respect for the competition and the opponent because it is going to be tough."

Ajax had a full week to prepare as the Dutch Eredivisie cancelled all their games at the weekend to give them maximum preparation. But they also have their share of injury problems with right-back Noussair Mazraoui out with ankle injury. Long-term absentees Carl Eiting and Hassane Bande are also expected to be out.

After knocking out European giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in the last 16 and quarter finals, the Eredivisie leaders will be confident of reaching the final.