Former Super Eagles winger, Finidi George (aka Finito) is sticking out his neck for Liverpool to carry the day in the June 1st all-England final of this season’s UEFA Champions League against Tottenham Hotspur.
‘Finito’ added that his prediction is not because Tottenham beat his former club, Ajax Amsterdam of Holland in the semi-finals, but he reckons that The Reds deserve to win the cup this year, after losing to Real Madrid in last year’s final.
He, however, admitted it would have more exciting and satisfactory for him had Ajax made it to the final, considering how they had sent out Madrid and equally formidable favourites, Juventus of Italy in the previous knock-out stages of this season’s UCL race.
The 1995 UCL winner with Ajax, alongside fellow-ex-international, Nwankwo Kanu admitted during a radio programme monitored in Lagos that he was disappointed that Ajax could not hold their own against Spurs on Wednesday, and put it all down to inexperience from the lads.
Finidi reckoned that winning the first leg 1-0 away and even going up 2-0 in the first half of Wednesday’s second leg in Amsterdam gave Ajax a big advantage, but he lamented how the players were unable to fully concentrate and stay focused till the last whistle.
“I am sad and disappointed that Ajax could not make it to the final,” Finidi confessed, “It was like a nightmare seeing them lose that way.
“The players really gave their best, winning the first leg and even going ahead 2-0 in the second leg, but they lost focus and could not keep their concentration till the end.
“Tottenham deserve the victory, but I want to see Liverpool win the final, because they were there last year and they lost.
“It looks fitting for them if Liverpool win it this time, after losing last year to Real Madrid, especially as they also did well to beat Barcelona.”