2019 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
BRING IT ON!
Tottenham fan Lucas Wills was in dreamland after watching Spurs' incredible last-gap victory in Amsterdam.
From being 3-0 up over the two legs and cruising, you sensed their young team were caught between two stalls. Do they stick or twist? Really, they shouldn’t have even been in this situation but while they had all this uncertainty, we knew exactly what we needed to do.
As we entered the closing stages, the atmosphere changed again. The home crowd really got behind the Ajax players and then, when it went into injury-time, it was like one huge party erupting inside the stadium. They were on their way to the final, we were heading out. Again, I’d resigned myself to defeat. We’d given a good account of ourselves again, but this time it was one step too far.
But then it happened; with 95 minutes on the clock Moura has latched on to Dele Alli’s ball and in a flash it’s in the back of the net. Cue pandemonium among the Spurs fans, while the rest of the stadium was shocked into silence and despair. I’d never witnessed anything like it! Simply incredible! It actually took a moment before I started celebrating because there was this immediate feeling of disbelief – had that really just happened? But it wasn’t just me, as I looked around we were all wide-eyed in disbelief that Spurs were going to Madrid! We’ve had some epic moments in the Champions League this season as Spurs fans but this had topped the lot. It was truly was the greatest moment of my life.
Who would have thought it, Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final. Bring it on!
Following our 1-0 defeat in London, I travelled out to Amsterdam for the second leg in hope more than expectation. Ajax fans had other ideas. I’ve never witnessed an atmosphere like it. Spurs fans create a good noise at home, but this was off the scale, with the stadium completely full and bouncing an hour before kick-off. The place was absolutely rocking and I’m sure the Ajax players fed off that as the game got underway.
It couldn’t have got off to a worse start for us; their first goal made it an uphill task as it was, but once they’d scored their second, I was resigned to the fact that we were out. I saw Lucas Moura’s goal shortly after a half-time as a mere consolation but when he scored again so soon after, the atmosphere completely shifted in the stadium and on the pitch. We knew just one more goal would do it, given our two away goals, while Ajax were under pressure for the first time.