Danny Rose says Tottenham Hotspur’s remarkable comeback against Ajax was partly a response to criticism from the likes of pundit Ruud Gullit.
Gullit, who played for and managed Spurs’ London rivals Chelsea, was critical of Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama in the first leg, accusing them of lacking technical ability.
Alli in particular played a major role as Tottenham came from two goals down in Amsterdam to book their place in the Champions League final.
The 23-year-old provided the assist for the opener and the winner – his flick around the corner for Lucas Moura’s third goal was especially impressive.
After the game, Rose was happy to mention Gullit’s criticism when asked about Spurs’ motivation.
“Seeing people’s comments like Ruud Gullit, after the first game, and how rude he was,” said the left-back (via the Express).
“It’s nice we fought back tonight and hopefully shut him up.
“He was very critical of individual players and saying how bad we were technically and he’s bang out of order for that.
“That was fuel to the fire and hopefully he eats his words after tonight.”
Rose also revealed Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona at Anfield the night before served as inspiration for Tottenham – read more here.
Spurs will now face Liverpool in the final in Madrid on June 1st after a pair of extraordinary Champions League comebacks.
Rose was substituted late on against Ajax having picked up a booking, but he is likely to start in the final if fit.