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Tottenham's Pochettino dreaming 'to infinity and beyond' as Champions League tie approaches

Mauricio Pochettino is dreaming "to infinity and beyond" as he prepares his side for the Champions League semi-final Credit: PA

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is dreaming "to infinity and beyond" as he prepares his side for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax.

Pochettino says he is already "living the dream" in taking Spurs to the last four of this competition for the first time in their history, but he borrowed Buzz Lightyear's well-known catchphrase to urge his team to go for glory.

"I am living my dream, I am already living it - to be in the semi-final with Tottenham," Pochettino said.

"It was a dream five years ago and we are living it.

"Always you must dream with the moon if you want to get something from the sky. You need to set your dreams to infinity and beyond.

"If you achieve things it is because you dream. When you dream you have it in your mind and then you can get it."

To be at this stage of the competition with their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium less than a month old represents what Pochettino reckons is a historic feat.

To be at this stage of the competition with their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium less than a month old represents what Pochettino reckons is a historic feat. Credit: PA

He believes that competing for top European honours while building a £1billion stadium is something no other club has ever done.

"What is a thing we feel most?" he said. "Proud, because we can develop two different things in football that no other club could do: the most unbelievable facilities and then put the club on the sports side in a very competitive place, reduce the gap to the top four, be contenders and play Champions League in three or four years.

"Normally it's to move to the new stadium and then be competitive and look to play in the Champions League. Look how far ahead we are.

"Maybe we didn't win a trophy, but what we achieve as a club is massive.

"Maybe more than winning a trophy. I don't think anyone in history has achieved what Tottenham have made."