Tottenham Hotspur are back in Champions League semi-final action on Wednesday night as they travel to face Ajax in Amsterdam.
Spurs lost the first leg 1-0 in an underwhelming performance, while a defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday by the same scoreline will do little to raise confidence before their trip to the Netherlands.
Tottenham’s clash at the Johan Cruijff ArenA is arguably the North London outfit’s most important game of the modern era, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men go in as underdogs according to many betting sites.
Injuries to Harry Kane and Harry Winks have robbed Spurs of two critical players, while Jan Vertonghen is facing a race against time to feature after being injured in the first leg last week.
In better news for Tottenham, South Korean star Son Heung-min will be back after missing the first game through suspension.
The Spurs attacker is likely to play a critical role in the side’s chances of making the Champions League final, with the visitors surely needing to score at least twice to qualify.
Tottenham showed in the second-half of the first fixture that they have the ability to pin Ajax back, but they lacked penetration in the final third – something that the fans will hope Son can provide.
Spurs’ away form has been awful of late, with Pochettino’s side winning only one of their last ten games on the road in all competitions.
The Tottenham defense, previously such a steadfast strength of the club, has also been susceptible to lapses of concentration and the concession of cheap goals.
While Pochettino is being backed to spend in the summer to bolster the Spurs squad, the North London outfit are unlikely to get such a great opportunity to reach a Champions League final again anytime soon.
However, the injury-depleted and low on confidence Tottenham side must buck the recent trend and play much better if they are to overcome Ajax and set up a date with Liverpool in world football’s biggest club game.