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By Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Goodbye

    Right that is me pretty much done and dusted for today.

    But before I depart here are some of the top stories and best bits of content from today to keep you going:

    Thanks for joining me. Take care and see you soon.

  2. Quiz: Football Sportsmanship: The Good, The Bad, The Questionable

    Leeds v Aston Villa

    Before I get going I've got to leave this one with you....

    Sportsmanship in football. When to kick the ball out, when to give it back to the opposition, what to expect from players - it's a bit of a grey area.

    But after an incident packed game between Leeds and Aston Villa on Sunday just what is good sporting behaviour?

    So why not test your memory of similar events - celebrated and contentious - with our quiz?

  3. 'He was in his pyjamas'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Nice anecdote from when Mauricio met Daniel via the Press Association's reporter at Tottenham.

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  4. 'Impossible to be tired'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Ajax are the conquerors of Serie A side Juventus of course and they also have had the luxury of a full week off to prepare for this match after the Dutch Eredivisie cancelled last weekend's domestic round of fixtures in order to give their team maximum chance of doing well in Europe.

    So what does the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino make of that perceived advantage?

    "It’s a game that it is impossible to be tired for. It’s so exciting. It’s all mental."

  5. 'We can achieve anything'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    The Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says anything is possible for his team despite the absence of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min from the first leg of their Cahmpions League semi-final.

    "We have a spirit in the team that we can achieve anything and all is possible. That is our strength," he said.

    "We have a great opportunity to be here playing the semi-final, it has not happened often. It is our first time in the Champions League semi-final, that is why you must show respect for the competition and the opponent because it is going to be tough."

  6. 'Kane is doing well'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Now the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been asked about comments made by Lucas Moura which seemed to suggest that Harry Kane could be fit for the second leg of their semi-final on 8 May.

    That prompts a giggle from Pochettino who says that maybe "Moura did not understand the question" before calling the reporter asking it "cheeky".

    "Harry Kane is doing well," he said. His rehab has been good. He is started to run a little bit. But we cannot create an idea that we cannot achieve. He is in a good place so we will see what happens."

  7. 'It's about being a contender'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    The Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says his words have occasionally been misinterpreted by the media over the need to win a trophy:

    "I am desperate to win a trophy. Whether that is the FA Cup, the League Cup or others and we have tried in the past five years.

    "If you ask me to bring the club to the next level like Real Madrid and Barcelona it’s not about winning just one cup, it’s about being in a competition like the Champions League and being a contender to win it or the Premier League.

    "We must show respect for our opponents. Ajax fully deserve to be where they are and it is going to be a very competitive game."

  8. 'Kane is one of the best - we will miss him'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Now here comes the Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino....

    "We arrived here because we are a team," he says.

    "During the whole season we have always been competitive with players out.

    "There is no doubt that Harry Kane is one of the best and that we will miss him. It's a situation where you cannot give the team a better option. We have to find a solution, we are very limited but always with the confidence very high."

  9. 'We are like a family'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    So what has the Tottenham winger Lucas Moura learned from their Champions League run?

    "We played against a big team in Manchester City in the quarter-final but we did a very good job against them and always believed in the qualification," he says.

    "I do not care who will score. I just hope we win. The most important thing is to work together and always give the ball to the best placed person to score. We are like a family."

  10. 'I want more'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    More from Tottenham winger Lucas Moura:

    "I joined Tottenham because I believed in the project. You need to think to win trophies and make history. That's why I am here. We are already in the semi-finals but I want more. I want to win trophies.

  11. 'I'm not surprised to be in the semi-finals'

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    More from Tottenham winger Lucas Moura:

    "We need to be clever and put our Premier League intensity into this game.

    "Son-Hueng-min is a very good player who is important for us. Of course we'll miss him but we have others that can do a very good job. We are ready to do our best and hopefully we will have him and Harry Kane in the second-leg.

    "I always believe in my team-mates. In football you never know what will happen. We have 90 minutes to give our best. Sometimes you can say this team is a favourite but you have to show that on the pitch. We have quality players though and I'm not surprised to be in the Champions League semi-finals".

  12. Post update

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham winger Lucas Moura is first up and is asked about the danger that Ajax pose in this Champions League semi-final.

    He says: "I watched their game against Juventus, they are very good with young and quick players. They are dangerous and it will be a hard game. I think we can do a good job during this game.

    "It is my biggest game (as a player) because it’s the first time I’ve played a semi-final of the Champions League. It’s a dream and I need to enjoy this opportunity, give my best and always believe."

  13. Post update

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and winger Lucas Moura incoming......

  14. Post update

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko went off just before half-time in the quarter-final second leg at Manchester City with a groin strain and has not featured since.

    But he limbered up for training this morning and must have a fair chance of playing on Tuesday.

  15. Team news

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Now for some early team news coming out of Tottenham.

    Serge Aurier (hamstring), Harry Kane (ankle), Erik Lamela (hamstring) & Harry Winks (groin)all remain unavailable for this fixture.

    While Vincent Janssen (ineligible) and Son Heung-min (suspended) will also be missing.

    Moussa Sissoko (groin) & Jan Vertoghen (thigh) have both trained this morning though and will be assessed again before Tuesday's game.

  16. Post update

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Both Tottenham and Ajax ended long waits to make it to this stage of the Champions League.

    While the most recent of Ajax's eight semi-finals came in 1997, Spurs have featured in the competition's last four only once previously – 57 years ago, in their debut season of European football.

    Back then the competition was simply called the European Cup and featured only champions.

  17. Welcome to Hotspur Way

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    George Cummins

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and winger Lucas Moura are on shortly to speak to the media at 13:00 BST before tomorrow’s Champions League semi-final with Ajax, which is live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.

    I have never seen this place so busy. They are running out of chairs with so many overseas broadcasters in town.

    Hotspur Way
  18. Post update


    Now Chelsea's David Luiz, says he is determined to secure Champions League qualification for the Blues after they were relegated to the Europa League this season.

    The 32-year-old Brazil defender said: "Everybody saw that the last two or three games for everybody were tough.

    "Nobody wants to be in the top four because everybody was losing points because the other teams also need the points.

    "It's important for our club because we are a big club and big clubs want to play in the Champions League. It's great to be there and play against the best players in the world, the best teams. I miss it.

    "But you also have to have the humility to understand when we didn't do the job one year before, you have to pay the consequences."

  19. 'I knew I had to make it happen this time'

    Billy Sharp

    Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp says he appreciates promotion to the Premier League more because he was "hurt" by going so close in the past.

    The boyhood United fan, 33, was at the club when they lost to Burnley in the 2009 Championship play-off final.

    His only two Premier League games came in 2012-13 after moving to Southampton.

    He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I knew I had to make it happen this time because it didn't quite happen the last time I was at Sheffield United, and it hurt me."

    Sharp has scored 24 goals in 41 appearances this season for the Blades, whose promotion was sealed when Leeds drew with Aston Villa on Sunday.

  20. Sissoko semi-final boost

    Tottenham v Ajax (Tues, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham training

    Tottenham needed a little boost after their defeat to West Ham at the weekend and it looks like they have one with midfielder Moussa Sissoko returning to training.

    The France midfielder has missed the last three games due to a groin problem, but trained at Hotspur Way on Monday.

    He would be a timely inclusion for their Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax.