Lucas Moura is living the dream. The jet-heeled forward told the huge media contingent gathered at Hotspur Way today how he used to dream of playing in the Champions League as a kid back home in Brazil. Now he’s two steps from the final.
As a boy, Lucas played in the streets of Sao Paulo, dreaming of becoming a professional footballer. He did just that at his home city team Sao Paulo before his journey took him out of Brazil to PSG in France in 2013 and then to Spurs in January, 2018.
He’s played a key role in our run to the last four of Europe’s elite competition – scoring the late equaliser against Barcelona in the Nou Camp to take us into the knockout stage – and fighting for a place in the Premier League’s top four.
He has 12 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions and now Ajax stand between him and that dream date in Madrid on 1 June. We take on the Dutch giants in the first leg tomorrow night (8pm) before the return in Amsterdam on 8 May (8pm).
Asked if this was the biggest game of his career, Lucas answered: “Yes, I can say that because it’s the first time that I play in the semi-finals of the Champions League. It’s a big moment for me, a dream to play in this competition and I will enjoy this opportunity, give my best and as always, believe.
“When I was a child, I had in my head to play in the Champions League and to win the Champions League. Now I can play in the semi-final.
“I’m very happy, very proud of my team-mates. We need to enjoy it and work hard. We’re not finished. Now is not enough. We want to go to the final and try to win this competition. We know that’s difficult but we are going to work for it.”
Magic moment – Lucas scores our equaliser against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in December – taking us through to the knockout stage
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Lucas described our quarter-final victory over Manchester City as ‘the most emotional game of my career’ and feels the team will need the same spirit over two legs to overcome an Ajax team who have progressed with thrilling victories over Real Madrid and Juventus.
“I watched the game against Juventus,” added Lucas. “Ajax are a very good team, young players, quick players. They are very dangerous. It’s going to be a very hard game but we are going to be ready to do a good job. They have quick players in attack and we need to be careful, we need to be solid, aggressive and play with intensity.”
Lucas in training with Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Fernando Llorente on Monday
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