Dutch legend Arnold Muhren has ridiculed Tottenham’s chances of winning the Champions League – saying he hopes his former club Ajax get lucky by drawing Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Muhren, who won four European trophies as a player during a glittering career that included spells with Ipswich and Manchester United , believes Spurs would be perfect fodder for the Amsterdam giants.
Ajax gave Real Madrid a Bernabeu battering on Tuesday night, while Tottenham were easing their way into the last eight by completing a 4-0 aggregate success over Borussia Dortmund.
And Muhren reckons Ajax’s youngsters will really fancy their chances if they land a plum draw against Spurs.
He said: “I can see Ajax winning the Champions League with their talent and quality. If Ajax draw Tottenham in the quarter-final they can be straight into the semi-final and then everything is possible.”
Muhren, now aged 67, was a European Cup winner at Ajax in 1973. When he returned to the club to end his career, he lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1987 and, a year later, the European Championship with Holland.
In between he was part of Bobby Robson’s Ipswich team that claimed the UEFA Cup in 1981. And after leaving Portman Road to join United, he helped the Old Trafford club to a FA Cup triumph in 1983.
Muhren was impressed by both Ajax’s 4-1 thrashing of Madrid and United’s stunning 3-1 away win in Paris Saint-Germain as both of his old clubs reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
And he praised both Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for putting their faith in young players. Muhren said: “Ajax’s win in Madrid and United’s victory in Paris were both fantastic to watch.
“They showed that age is no problem if you are good enough. I love it when young boys dare to play at such a top level in Europe. It reminds me of my own entrance onto the big scene in the 1970s.
“I won the European Cup with Ajax when I was only 21 and the youngest player on the pitch. Ajax were the top team in the world at the time and won three European Cups in a row.
I thought I would only play 15 games as a sub but I grabbed my chance – just like these kids at Ajax and United are doing.
“No matter how young they are, they have proved this week what they can pull off in big matches.”
Muhren picked out one-time Manchester City target Frenkie De Jong as the star of the Champions League so far.
The 21-year-old Holland midfielder will move to Barcelona at the end of the season for £75million.
Muhren added: “Frenkie was absolutely fantastic in Madrid. He was pure class.”