Rose hits back at Ruud Gullit, says Liverpool inspired Spurs' comeback,

Lucas Moura scored twice in quick succession to put the tie on a knife-edge before he steered in a superb winner in stoppage-time to spark wild celebrations.

Hakim Ziyech duels for the ball with Danny Rose during the Champions League semifinal second leg match.   -  AP

Danny Rose said Tottenham's astonishing Champions League semifinal fightback against Ajax was inspired by Liverpool's own incredible victory over Barcelona 24 hours earlier.

Mauricio Pochettino's side recovered from two goals down at half-time, putting them three behind on aggregate, to win 3-2 thanks to Lucas Moura's hat-trick at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday.

Tottenham's jaw-dropping revival sent it through on away goals and it will face Premier League rival Liverpool in its first European Cup final appearance in Madrid on June 1.

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It was a repeat of Liverpool's epic comeback against Barca when the Reds overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit with a 4-0 triumph at Anfield.

Tottenham defender Rose admitted Pochettino had drawn on Liverpool's spirited success to inspire his players when he spoke to them before the match.

“We saw Liverpool last night. It just goes to show it's not over until it's over,” Rose told BT Sport.

“The gaffer mentioned it at the hotel before the match. He said that was the right way to play. He doesn't mind if we lose if we play like that.

“We were disappointed with the way we played in the first leg and it was the same in the first half here. There were a few words said at half-time. It just goes we can beat anyone when we play like that.”

 

- 'Give him a statue' -

Tottenham's first European final appearance since it won the 1984 UEFA Cup seemed unthinkable at half-time after goals from Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech put Ajax in control.

But Tottenham was transformed by Pochettino's decision to send on Spanish forward Fernando Llorente as a half-time substitute.

Lucas scored twice in quick succession to put the tie on a knife-edge before he steered in a superb winner in the fifth minute of stoppage-time to spark wild celebrations from Pochettino and his players.

Pochettino was in tears at the final whistle and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen conceded his team rode their luck in a truly miraculous performance.

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“It was a ridiculous game. We were really far down and we tried to fight back. We were just lucky. Over the two legs they played better football than us,” Eriksen said.

“It's a relief because we've been fighting for us. It's a dream to be in the Champions League final. We wouldn't be able to look ourselves in the mirror if we went down three or four nil. We had to fight back.

“I feel sorry for Ajax, they played a very good game against us, football they played better than us. We scored early to get some momentum, put them under pressure. We are lucky the ball falls in the right direction.”

Saluting his team-mates' refusal to surrender when the odds were against them, Denmark star Eriksen called for Lucas to be given a hero's reception on his return to north London.

“Today wasn't nothing tactical. It was more heart, fight... And Lucas Moura. That's how we won the game,” he added. “He will be a hero. I hope he gets a statue in England after this! I'm blown away.”

- Happy to shut 'rude' Gullit up -

Rose hopes Spurs shut former Netherands international Ruud Gullit up by defeating Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

The England left-back felt the Dutchman had been "rude" about Spurs players in the wake of their 1-0 first-leg defeat in north London last week.

Gullit – a former PSV star and player-manager at Chelsea – was scathing, criticising the technical abilities of the likes of Rose, Victor Wanyama and Dele Alli.

Rose was happy to hit back at Gullit following remarks he believes were disrespectful.

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"Seeing people's comments like Ruud Gullit after the first game and how rude he was, it's nice we fought back and hopefully shut him up," Rose said.

"He was very critical of individual players and saying how bad we were technically, and he's bang out of order for that.

"That was fuel to the fire and hopefully he eats his words."

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