Tottenham or Ajax? Paul Merson makes prediction for Champions League semi-final

Tottenham face Ajax for a place in the Champions League final (Picture: Getty)

Paul Merson is confident that Tottenham will reach the Champions League final as they will be ‘too strong’ for Ajax.

Tottenham booked their place in the last four of the competition for the first time since 1961/62 following a dramatic quarter-final victory over Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Fernando Llorente’s bundled finish in the 73rd minute of the quarter-final second leg sent Spurs through on away goals and Mauricio Pochettino’s side will do battle with giant-killers Ajax for a place in the final.

Ajax have already knocked Real Madrid and Juventus out of the competition but Arsenal legend Merson has predicted that Tottenham will emerge from the semi-final triumphant.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Merson said: ‘To go to Manchester City and beat them… everybody in Europe will be looking at this result. Everybody will be going: “wow!”

‘It’s not just that they’ve gone through but they’ve scored three goals [away from home].

‘I know they have let in four but these are two legged-games. Anybody wins on a one-off game, I’ve seen it a million times in FA Cup shocks and 90 minutes… but it’s two legs.

Merson thinks Spurs will be ‘too strong’ for Ajax (Picture: Getty)

‘And to show the bottle to have a go. Second half they were pinned back but they kept on going.

‘Don’t take anything away from Tottenham, this is a phenomenal football result. They have every chance of being in the final.

‘Ajax are good but if Tottenham play like they can and to their best ability they will be too strong for Ajax.’

Llorente’s goal sent Spurs through on away goals (Picture: Getty)

Merson believes Juventus and Madrid took ‘liberties’ with Ajax and Tottenham pose a more serious threat to their Champions League hopes.

‘They play without fear but this is the Champions League semi-final now. This is not your league games or going to Juventus where you’ve got nothing to lose or to Real Madrid where you’ve got nothing to lose,’ he added.

‘The other teams took liberties with them but Tottenham won’t do that. Tottenham will give them respect and they’ll give Tottenham respect.

‘It’s the semi-final and there will be nerves both ways. It will be whoever handles the nerves the best.

‘It will be a good game… but don’t open the game up, Tottenham. They will rip you to shreds.

‘But I just think Tottenham will be too strong. Defensively they’re very good and I think Tottenham will get to the final, I really do.’

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