Christian Eriksen reveals ingredients to Tottenham's historic moment: 'Heart and Lucas Moura'

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Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen celebrate at full-time (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen celebrate at full-time (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Christian Eriksen revealed Tottenham’s remarkable victory over Ajax was down to ‘heart... and Lucas Moura.’

Spurs were 3-0 down on aggregate with three-quarters of the Champions League semi-final with Ajax played, before Moura’s second-half hat-trick saw the London club reach the final of the competition for the first time.

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The 32-year-old said he felt ‘relieved’ after a ‘ridiculous’ game of football.

The Denmark international said: “Today it was (heart and desire). It was more of a fight, more a hearty performance. That’s how we won it. Heart and Lucas Moura.

“It has been a rollercoaster of a season. He’ll be a hero. I hope he gets a statue in England after this.

“I’m blown away. There’s no words. I feel sorry for Ajax, I know a lot of people here. In the end, thinking about ourselves, we got it in the end.”

Tottenham’s hopes of a historic Champions League final appearance seemed unlikely after Matthijs de Ligt’s early header put them two down.

But when Hakim Ziyech added another, they appeared dead and buried.

“It was a ridiculous game, we were really far down, we tried to fight back, at the end we were just lucky. I feel sorry for Ajax,” an emotional Eriksen added.

“Today we mostly created more chances than them, in the end we were just lucky we scored. It was a relief.

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“I think we felt like we wouldn’t be able to look at ourselves in the mirror if we went down by three or four today.

“We had to fight back, there was no other option. In the end we were just lucky that the ball fell in the right direction. Just relieved.

Spurs will face Liverpool in the final after the Reds came from three goals behind to beat Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Asked about an all English final, Eriksen said: “It’ll be fun.

“There’s a lot to play for in the league, but in three weeks’ time it’ll be a completely different game.”

Lucas Moura told BT Sport: "It's impossible to explain how I'm feeling.

"It's difficult to play here against Ajax but I always believed in my team-mates. We have a lot of qualities even without key players.

"We need to fight in every game like this."

On his hat-trick, Lucas added: "It's amazing. Football gives moments like this that we cannot imagine, so we need to enjoy.

"It's the best moment in my career. I only need to say thank you to my team-mates because what I am living here is unbelievable."

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