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Spurs legend Dyson tells current crop to go out and play like they have!

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 May 2019

Terry Dyson during his Tottenham Hotspur days (pic: PA Images).

Terry Dyson during his Tottenham Hotspur days (pic: PA Images).

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The winger from Bill Nicholson's double-winning squad discussed this Tottenham team, Mauricio Pochettino and the Champions League journey so far

Tottenham Hotspur first team squad for 1963-64 with European Cup Winners' Cup: (back row, l-r) Cliff Jones, Ron Henry, Mel Hopkins, Maurice Norman, John Hollowbread, Bill Brown, Bobby Smith, John White, Jimmy Greaves, John Smith; (front row, l-r) Frank Saul, Peter Baker, Dave Mackay, Danny Blanchflower, Tony Marchi, Les Allen, Terry Dyson, Eddie Clayton (pic: PA Images).Tottenham Hotspur first team squad for 1963-64 with European Cup Winners' Cup: (back row, l-r) Cliff Jones, Ron Henry, Mel Hopkins, Maurice Norman, John Hollowbread, Bill Brown, Bobby Smith, John White, Jimmy Greaves, John Smith; (front row, l-r) Frank Saul, Peter Baker, Dave Mackay, Danny Blanchflower, Tony Marchi, Les Allen, Terry Dyson, Eddie Clayton (pic: PA Images).

Who better to give advice to the Tottenham Hotspur squad ahead of the Champions League final than a man who has delivered on the biggest stage - Terry Dyson!

The one-time Spurs winger has legendary status with the club given the success he enjoyed at White Hart Lane in the 1960s.

He was part of Bill Nicholson's double-winning team and scored twice in the final of the 1963 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Spurs is still close to his heart and he visited Tottenham Hotspur Stadium recently and is hopeful Mauricio Pochettino's men can go on and create history in Madrid.

"You need a bit of luck to go right through to the final and it could be their year," Dyson told this title.

"They just need to go out there and play like they have been all season and not to worry about who they are playing against.

"They just need to play to their capabilities and if they all do that then they have a good chance of winning it."

Now 84, Dyson watches as many Tottenham matches as he can on TV and wishes them well against Liverpool - but he didn't expect they would make it this far.

Like many Spurs fans, he could only gasp in astonishment during the second half in Amsterdam as Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick to send Tottenham through with one of the last kicks of the game.

Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura scores his side's third goal of the game during the Champions League semi-final, second leg against Ajax (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images).Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura scores his side's third goal of the game during the Champions League semi-final, second leg against Ajax (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images).

Dyson admitted: "I've watched most of the games and I couldn't believe the one against Ajax, it was absolutely incredible.

"Ajax were well favourites and I thought it was impossible for Tottenham to win out there, but they did.

"It is great for the fans, they have spent a lot of money, they have travelled all over and it is nice for them and they must be delighted to be in the final."

All of this wouldn't be possible without manager Pochettino, who has worked wonders at Spurs this term despite plenty of adversity.

Tottenham didn't return to N17 until April, haven't signed anyone since January 2018 and have had a number of injuries this season.

"He has done an unbelievable job, incredible. He has got players from nowhere really and has got them playing how he wants. They are quite entertaining to watch," Dyson added.

"You get to the final and that is where you have to produce it. It is not easy I suppose to go out there and play like you have been, but that is what you have to do to win something and I really hope they win it. It would be very good."

What will help Spurs' cause is the return of academy graduate and superstar Harry Kane, who has recovered from ankle ligament damage to declare himself fit for the final.

"It would be great for Harry. He has come all the way through and to play in that, if he is alright, would be fantastic," Dyson said.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane during the training session at Hotspur Way ahead of the Champions League final (pic: Paul Harding/PA).Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane during the training session at Hotspur Way ahead of the Champions League final (pic: Paul Harding/PA).

"The goals Harry has scored, some of them have been from impossible positions, but he just gets himself in there. He is very good, very good."

Comparisons between Kane and Dyson's old team-mate Jimmy Greaves have long been drawn and if anyone can set a new goalscoring record at Spurs, it's the current number 10.

A goal against Liverpool on Saturday would take the England captain onto 165 for the club - 101 behind Tottenham's legendary forward.

Winning in Madrid would place the Lilywhites back alongside the world's best, but no matter the result, the future looks bright again for the north Londoners.

In April, they returned to N17 after a near two-year exodus with the club's 62,062-seater venue officially opened.

Dyson has been there, he said: "We got lost, but it is great and there are so many levels and it looks very good, but you need to know where you are going!

"The ground really is unbelievable compared to what it used to be. I remember going and it was raining and then all of a sudden a big rainbow came out and we said it was Bill, looking down at the new stadium."

If Pochettino and this team can now win the Champions League, they will join Nicholson, Dyson and Greaves in holding legendary status forever.

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