Danny Rose said Mauricio Pochettino used Liverpool’s turnaround against Barcelona to inspire his Tottenham players to a thrilling Champions League comeback victory over Ajax.
Tottenham booked their place in the final against Liverpool after Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick brought them back from the brink at Johan Cruijff ArenA, where Ajax led their semi-final 3-0 on aggregate at half-time in the second leg only to go out on away goals.
Full-back Rose said the Spurs players watched Liverpool’s 4-0 second-leg victory over Barcelona 24 hours before the game and that Pochettino pointed to the Reds’ attitude as something to aspire to.
“We saw Liverpool last night,” Rose told BT Sport. “It goes to show it’s not over until it’s over.
“There were a few words said at half-time and we came out and played like that. It just goes to show we can beat anybody when we play like that.
“The gaffer mentioned it [the Liverpool game] at the hotel before we left. He just said that’s the right attitude.
“He doesn’t mind losing but you have to lose in the right way. How we started against Ajax in the first game wasn’t the right way.
“If we’d not won tonight he’d have been proud of the way we played at the end.”