Christian Eriksen has become one of the Premier League's best players during his time at Tottenham, but the silky play and creativity we see from him in the final third time and again for Spurs was undoubtedly forged at Ajax.
Despite Pochettino suffering an absentee list as long as his arm, including the injured Harry Kane and suspended Heung Son-min, his players were showing no sign of nerves either, dominating the opening exchanges.
The incident occurred while Tottenham Hotspur trailed 1-0 in the critical first leg of its UEFA Champions League match against Ajax.
Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Rose, Eriksen, Dele, Lucas, Llorente. We help you discover publicly available material and act as a search engine. Tottenham, given its unusual structure and opponent, didn't look for force the tempo and turn the match into an open game, while Ajax exhibited some patience as it explored how best to break down the host.
Ajax have the advantage going into next Wednesday's second leg at the Johan Cruyff Arena, but it is all still to play for.
If Pochettino can call upon one of Tottenham's players of the season, it would be a big boost ahead of arguably Spurs' biggest game since 1962.
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The record of the Dutch side in England is not particularly good as they have only ever one once there (D5 L4).
He suffered a groin injury during the quarter-final second leg tie at Manchester City on April 17, but returned to training on Monday. "We need to believe we can go there and win the game". My feeling is that they were more reactive and it was hard for us to play.
He has, however, reserved his best for the Champions League knockout rounds, scoring four goals in the four matches he has played.
And Pochettino took responsibility for Spurs' showing in the first half, when midfielder Van de Beek scored the only goal on 15 minutes.
But this youthful Ajax side, by far the youngest remaining in the competition, has defied all odds to be here, belying its inexperience to reach this stage of the Champions League for the first time since 1996, eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus along the way.
Vertonghen challenged for a header in the Ajax penalty area but slammed his face into the back of teammate Toby Alderweireld's head, leaving Vertonghen with blood pouring from a cut on his nose in the 32nd minute.
The introduction of midfield powerhouse Sissoko injected some much-needed energy into a flagging Tottenham side and he fizzed a shot wide from Llorente's knockdown before halftime.