After the incredible spectacle of Liverpool’s 4-3 aggregate victory against Barcelona, Tottenham said ‘hold my beer’ as they went one step further and produced another night of epic drama in the Champions League.
Spurs made it an all-English final, as they came back from 2-0 down in the first half (and 3-0 on aggregate) to scrape a famous 3-2 win in Amsterdam. The result meant that Tottenham broke Ajax hearts and won on the away goals rule. With so many talking points, let’s take a moment to try and digest how this unbelievable result impacted the market on the Football Index…
Ajax looked like they had booked their tickets to Madrid after going 2 goals to the good thanks to the ever-impressive Matthijs de Ligt (£2.84) and Hakim Ziyech (£1.93). Both of these players are on the transfer radar of many of Europe’s top tier clubs. The whispers that de Ligt will be joining Frenkie de Jong (£2.04) at Barcelona appear to be getting stronger and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has already come out to say that their talismanic defender will be moving on this summer. Ajax’s exit from the competition had a detrimental effect on both de Ligt and de Jong, with both players dropping in value by 19p and 17p respectively.
With the likes of David Neres (£1.96) and Donny van de Beek (£1.74) both succumbing to drops in the region of 30p, it was a pretty torrid evening for the Ajax boys on the Index. However, one Ajax star who didn’t seem to be impacted by Ajax’s exit is Hakim Ziyech. The Moroccan was seconds away from winning star midfielder on the night thanks to another impressive Match Day Score. Ziyech managed another impressive score of 118 on Wednesday night and he has shown that he is very consistent when it comes to racking up MD scores over 100. The attacking midfielder has managed to hit a MD score over 100 in ten of the eleven European matches he has participated in and he also has an impressive MD average of 118. Ziyech is currently being strongly linked to Bayern and when you consider the Match Day history of players like Thiago Alcantara (£1.83), Ziyech would surely be a huge hit in the Bundesliga. It’s little wonder therefore that the Moraccan dropped by just 5p come the final whistle.
Back to the match and Lucas Moura (£1.33) was the hero on the night for Spurs. The comeback started in the second half with the Brazilian bagging a quick-fire double; both goals coming within 5 minutes of each other. With this, Tottenham began to turn the screw and on the 96th minute, Moura popped up to slot home and secure a historic victory for Spurs. Moura’s hat trick ensured that the Brazilian reaped plenty of dividends on the night. Having won best overall player with a score of 233 points, Moura also smashed the Media Dividends with a score of 1860. All in all it was a night to remember for the Brazilian, but it’s been an impressive season on the whole for the ex-PSG man. With 15 goals across the season, Moura has firmly established himself within the Spurs starting lineup and he will go into the final brimming with confidence.
With Liverpool and Tottenham securing an all-English final, it seems that traders have been quick to jump on players who will be under the media spotlight in the run up to June the 1st. Yesterday we saw Mohamed Salah surge in value on the back of Liverpool’s victory despite not featuring and Harry Kane (£4.74) saw a similar upward trend, as he increased by a whopping 38p. With several weeks until the final, it will be interesting to see which of these two super stars are able to snap up more dividends in the run up to what promises to be an epic Champions League final!