Spurs set up fairytale
This is some day to be a Spurs fan and I'm still struggling to comprehend what I saw last night in Manchester. It was one of the most dramatic games I have ever seen - just unbelievable!
My old club are now a two-legged tie away from the final and having been there with Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United, my advice is don't be afraid, just go out and do what you do. Spurs have just beaten the tournament favourites. There's nothing to fear. Cherish the occasion and grasp the moment.
I was watching the game with Martin Petrov, who used to play for Manchester City, so we were giving each other stick all the way through. Thank God I had the last laugh!
When City scored first so early in the tie I was a bit worried. Scoring with just a few minutes gone gives any team huge momentum and desire. I think everyone expected them to go ahead and take the lead in the tie there and then.
But Spurs weren't fazed, and responded in the best way possible. It was interesting to watch them coming from behind to equalise and then taking the lead because this is exactly what they need to do - to be cold and ruthless against the big teams. OK, the game was end-to-end after that but they never stopped fighting. I cannot say Spurs won the tie because City were bad. It was an unbelievable effort from both sides, and really neither side deserved to go out.
Tottenham can look at themselves today and say 'We have the stadium and we have just beaten Manchester City and their superstars. We are f***ing serious and we have a chance here to make history!'
Imagine Spurs winning the Champions League, that would be a fairytale! Remember they were almost dead in the group stage so this is a genuinely amazing comeback. After the game I saw Mauricio Pochettino showing emotion like never before. He hugged two of his assistants so hard and was screaming, it was incredible to see. You could see just what it meant to him. Everything is possible for them right now.
Son steps up again
It's a real positive for Tottenham they came through this second-leg without Harry Kane. If they reach the final I guess there is a chance that he could play and that would be unbelievable for the team but I'm so happy to see that the team can do the business without him. You cannot rely on one player to carry the team. In the end it's all about the team and togetherness and they have proved that they can do it when he's not there.
They are all heroes of course but one man who always steps us is Heung Min-Son and I don't have the words to describe what he's doing for Spurs at the moment. It's all happening for him, he scores unbelievable goals and at the end of last night's game was doing some pretty decent defending too! He is going to be a major miss for Spurs in that first leg against Ajax.
VAR will never end debate but last night's decisions were correct
Once again, VAR is at the centre of the post-match debate, but it did its job last night and the big decisions it helped the referee to make were the right ones.
If there was no VAR both of the last two goals would have been given and City would have gone through and we would be debating the injustice of Raheem Sterling scoring a winner when Sergio Aguero was offside in the build-up.
Well, the debate is still ongoing but I don't think anything will stop that, and at least the correct calls were made and it's Tottenham who progress.
And VAR is in football now whether we like it or not so we need to get used to it. My opinion is that it helps the referee with the hard decisions although they will have to learn to be a little self-critical at times when they have actually made a mistake.
Of course, referees will always interpret decisions in their own way and some may have disallowed Llorente's goal for instance, but that would be wrong. Yes, there may have been contact but the ball can only have brushed his hand before going in off his hip. It wasn't intentional, he did not gain anything there. For me it was a goal, not because I want Spurs to go through, but purely because I think it was a goal.
And again with Sterling's 'winner' I think the right call was made. The offside was so small but whether it's a metre or a centimetre an offside is an offside.
Ajax tie so evenly matched
Nobody should underestimate Ajax anymore. They've beaten Real Madrid and Juventus in the knockout stages and nobody gave them a chance to do that. They completely deserve to be there and the tie against Spurs looks very even to me.
Ajax play so well because they play without pressure and expectation. They're young and they don't overthink or complicate things on the pitch. They just enjoy playing football and you can see that in the way they play.
It's going to be great to watch, but right now I cannot guess who is going to win.
It reminds me of when I reached the Champions League final with Bayer Leverkusen. Both Spurs and Ajax are bigger clubs than we were but it will be a fairytale whichever club lines up in the final.
With either Barcelona or Liverpool waiting in the final whichever team makes it to Madrid on June 1 will be the underdog. Both teams have rich histories in Europe and Ajax have won the European Cup/Champions League four times of course but these things happened a long time ago.
It's a major surprise that one of them will be in the final two and in with a genuine chance of lifting the trophy but it should be celebrated.