MAURICIO POCHETTINO has told his Spurs stars to “reach for the moon” in tonight’s Champions League semi-final.
The self-confessed dreamer put a rocket up Tottenham’s players as they prepare to host Ajax in the first leg at their new stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino wants Spurs to go to infinity and beyond in the Champions League
AFP Tottenham prepare to face Ajax in the semi-finals of the Champions League
Boss Poch said: “You must dream with the moon if you want to get to the sky. You need to settle your dreams — it’s infinity and beyond.
“If you don’t achieve your dream it’s a bottle without water.
“When you are ambitious and want to achieve big things, you need to set your dream. I was always a dreamer. When I was very young, I dreamed in my home town of Murphy one day to be a football player and I achieved that.”
Argentine chief Poch is convinced his troops can overcome Dutch kings Ajax over two legs to set up a final meeting with either Barcelona or Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.
He added: “I dreamed but always I believe there is some energy, the power in your mind.
“If you don’t dream, if you are not consistent, it’s difficult to achieve things.
“In life, when you achieve things it’s because first of all you dream the things.
“When you dream, you have them in your mind and you can get them.”
Spurs will be without star man Harry Kane, who is out with an ankle ligament injury, and fellow forward Son Heung-min, who is suspended.
Midfielder Harry Winks has had groin surgery and is not expected to play again this season.
However, midfielder Moussa Sissoko is back in training after missing three games with a groin problem.
Defender Jan Vertonghen is set to return after being rested against West Ham on Saturday, when Spurs lost for the first time at their new ground.
With Kane and Son both unavailable, Lucas Moura is set to feature.
The Brazilian said: “It’s a big moment for me. It’s a dream to play in this competition.”
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