Moussa Sissoko could miss the first leg of Tottenham's Champions League semi-final against Ajax according to Mauricio Pochettino, who said the midfielder could be out "for the next two weeks".

Spurs lost 1-0 to Manchester City three days after Sissoko picked up a groin injury in the second leg of their stunning Champions League quarter-final victory over Pep Guardiola's men and Pochettino said that he was not optimistic about the Frenchman's chances of a quick recovery.

Home games against Brighton and Hove Albion, and West Ham in the Premier League will give Spurs the chance to continue their push for third place in the Premier League ahead of the visit of Ajax, but Pochettino said he is not expecting Sissoko or fellow midfielder Harry Winks to feature.

Winks has been struggling with a similar problem to Sissoko but managed 81 minutes on Wednesday before sitting out Saturday's defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

"Moussa Sissoko is not going to be fit, maybe for the next two weeks," said Pochettino.

"We hope he can recover before but I am not so optimistic.

"Harry Winks we don't know because it is a problem that is one day very good, next day not very good, it is about assessing each day.

"We hope he will be available for Tuesday [against Brighton] but we are not sure."

Defeat at City on Saturday left Spurs just one point clear of fourth-placed Arsenal – who were then stunned 3-2 by Crystal Palace on Sunday – and Pochettino said the prospect of the Champions League semi-final would not distract his players from ending their domestic campaign on a high.

He said the opportunity to play three successive matches at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would give Spurs a lift, saying: "We hope we can keep going, getting the same result. It is going to be fantastic and it is going to be helpful for us playing in the new stadium with our fans and we hope and wish to repeat the performances of the previous results.

"We are not thinking of Ajax. We showed today that we are thinking in that today and that competition, the Premier League.

"Now our energy is on Brighton. It is so clear that we have two objectives – one is to be in the top four at the end of the season and the other is to beat Ajax, but we need to go step-by-step."

Thomas Tuchel said Paris Saint-Germain must be patient in their Champions League quest after clinching back-to-back Ligue 1 titles.

PSG's domestic domination continued on Sunday thanks to Lille's 0-0 draw at Toulouse and a 3-1 victory over Monaco in Paris.

Kylian Mbappe's hat-trick against his former side sealed a sixth Ligue 1 trophy in seven seasons for PSG, whose campaign was derailed by a shock Champions League last-16 defeat to Manchester United in March.

PSG head coach Tuchel celebrated the title in his maiden season at the helm, while referencing Juve's wait for European glory, which dates back to 1996.

"We had a very serious first half, we are not in our best period, but we had a good game," Tuchel said via Canal+.

"Played with a good rhythm until the hour of the game. After the third goal, we lost the ball a little more. But we won, it was important. It was always complicated.

"If we win the Coupe de France, the season will be successful, the championship shows that we have worked hard.

"The Champions League is a goal, but even Juventus have been waiting for eight years. But the goal is to win the double each year, and it is achieved."

Neymar returned from a foot injury at home to Monaco, while PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani also made his comeback in the French capital.

Cavani came on in the second half and the Uruguay international – who has been linked with a move away from PSG – insisted he is happy to see out the remaining year of his contract.

"I am under contract here for another year," the 32-year-old forward. "I am good here, calm, and very happy with the team, as well as the supporters. That said, you never know in football."

Deli Alli believes Tottenham's dream run to the Champions League semi-finals is down to the success so many of their stars enjoyed at last year's World Cup.

Spurs had nine players reach the semi-finals at Russia 2018, though Mousa Dembele has now departed for the lucrative Chinese Super League.

Domestically a Premier League title challenge ended with damaging defeats to Burnley and Chelsea in February, while they were knocked out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup in the space of four days in January.

But Europe's greatest prize remains a distinct possibility after Spurs upset Manchester City over two legs to book a semi-final date with Ajax.

And England star Alli, part of the Three Lions team beaten by Croatia in the last four at the World Cup, believes their continental success has roots in Russia.

"I think it's definitely the case that what happened at the World Cup has helped us as a team," he said.

"We got a lot of experience from the tournament, in different situations, winning and losing. With that experience, we have begun to show that we are learning and that's what has happened in the Champions League.

"Each season we are improving, in both the Premier League and the Champions League. We are heading in the right direction and we have got to keep doing that.

"When I first came to Spurs, we had a great team, great players but maybe we didn't have the experience we needed when we got to this point of the season. But, by sticking together and having tasted various experiences, we are just getting better and better."

It has been 11 years since Spurs last won a trophy, while City's revenge 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday left their top-four hopes in the league this season in danger.

And Alli is under no illusions that Tottenham have to turn potential into success.

"Of course, we want to challenge for trophies. We've had seasons where we have come so close and we should have probably been closer in the Premier League again this season," he added. 

"There were a few poor games at crucial points of the season, but it's switched around again.

"We still have to make sure we finish in the top four again, which we should have made much more comfortable than we have.

"We will have to manage the games coming up, there has to be a strategy. But we are in the semi-finals now, so there is no reason why we can't believe." 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he is living like a hermit as the Reds close in on a potential drought-ending Premier League title.

Klopp's Liverpool are second and a point behind defending champions Manchester City in their pursuit of a first league crown since 1990.

Liverpool are also preparing for a blockbuster Champions League semi-final with Lionel Messi's Barcelona.

Amid the title hype in Liverpool, Klopp revealed: "I don't go out — apart from football.

"Why should I? I have enough pairs of jeans to last me for the next 20 years, so I'm alright. I don't go to the shops. I don't do any of that.

"I can imagine the mood in the city is pretty good but I don't need to hear it, I don't need to see it.

"But it's football, and for most of my life I have been a pure football supporter, so if my team was doing this I know what I would have been like. My favourite thing would have been a situation like we have now, where it is buzzing.

"I can imagine people want to go out and celebrate, talk about it, but we are not part of that. We have to make sure it stays like this – and that's no problem.

"I love the situation we are in, it's really good, but of course we have to prove it every day and every game. It's all good, but it's not perfect, so we have to carry on working like we have been doing."

Liverpool are in the midst of a 17-game unbeaten streak, including eight consecutive victories after their 4-1 second-leg rout of Porto in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Klopp's side travel to relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Sunday and the German added: "It seems good, but it is like being a 400m runner. You might think you are in a good place. You have run the perfect race with 100m to go – but then you don't ­concentrate for a moment and the ­others go past you. The race is only finished when it is ­finished – and not ­before.

"But we are OK with ­injuries at the moment and we are really in a proper competition mood. If we are tired we don't feel it. We want to be playing and winning, not sitting at home and hoping the others lose. That's exactly how you should be feeling as a professional sportsman."

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is overjoyed to see Joe Gomez back on the pitch again after four months out with a broken leg.

Gomez, 21, suffered a fracture to the lower part of his left leg against Burnley in December and was initially only expected to be out for a matter of weeks.

But the England international has encountered setbacks and only managed to make his return to the Liverpool team when appearing as a second-half substitute in the Reds' 4-1 Champions League quarter-final second-leg win at Porto on Wednesday.

Prior to his injury, Gomez had nailed down a place in Liverpool's starting XI, forming a fine centre-back partnership with Virgil van Dijk.

His next task is to once again move ahead of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip in the pecking order for the right to start alongside Van Dijk, and Alisson is thrilled to see the talented Gomez back in the squad.

"I'm really happy to see him back," Alisson told Liverpool's official website. "He's a top guy both on and off the pitch, 10 out of 10.

"He's a great person that deserves the very best in his life. To be able to have him on the pitch is always great [and] he came on and made a great contribution against Porto.

"At the beginning of the season, before his injury, he was a really important player for us defensively.

"That [the injury] is part of football and he dealt with the setback really positively. He was out for longer than expected, but he was always a really positive influence in the dressing room, supporting us, being positive and showing a great desire to get back playing, which was clear for all to see on the pitch against Porto."

The 6-1 aggregate win over Porto set up a semi-final with Barcelona, whom Alisson helped eliminate last season while at Roma, and the Brazilian hopes he can use that experience to the Reds' favour this time around.

"I think there's always something we can bring to the table, we're constantly learning in life," Alisson added.

"It was an incredible experience to participate in the quarter-finals for Roma, losing the first leg 4-1 then winning 3-0 at home.

"I actually didn't have too much to do in that game [the second leg], my team put in a great defensive and attacking performance.

"If we are to beat Barcelona we will have to work very hard defensively. They're a team with such a potent attack, not just up front, as there's a lot of support coming from midfield.

"They're a very organised team and they're very strong at dead-ball situations, so we'll certainly have to give our everything to get through to the final."

Ernesto Valverde is wary of the "very powerful" Liverpool ahead of Barcelona's Champions League semi-final against the Premier League giants.

The LaLiga champions will meet Jurgen Klopp's men in the last four, with the first leg to be played at Camp Nou on May 1.

Barca are in control of LaLiga, while Liverpool are fighting for the Premier League title and were runners-up in Europe's top club competition last season.

Valverde said Barca would be tested, particularly by the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

"Liverpool are a very powerful opponent. Offensive players have been showing their potential in the last two years," he told a news conference on Friday.

"Last year they reached the final. This time they're having a great tournament. They are also fighting in the Premier League.

"It's a very attractive game for them, for us and for the public. It will be very hard, for them and for us.

"The final is just there and we'll give our best to reach it."

The winners will meet either Tottenham or Ajax in the final at the Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.

Barca can take another step towards securing the LaLiga title when they host Real Sociedad on Saturday, with Valverde's men nine points clear with six games to play.

Pep Guardiola is the world's best coach despite Manchester City's Champions League exit, according to Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde.

The Premier League champions were eliminated by Tottenham after a remarkable quarter-final, exiting on the away-goals rule following a 4-4 aggregate draw.

Guardiola has faced some criticism over City's failure, but is a two-time winner of the competition as a coach, leading Barcelona to the title in 2009 and 2011.

Valverde said the Spaniard, who could lead City to a treble this season, was the world's best tactician in his eyes.

"For me, the best coach is Pep Guardiola, no doubt about that," he told a news conference on Friday.

"Even if he was kicked out of the Champions League."

Barcelona will face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals, while they are also closing in on the LaLiga title ahead of hosting Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says VAR is "f****** boring to talk about".

Guardiola, who has long been one of the game's major champions of VAR, saw City exit the Champions League in extraordinary circumstances against Tottenham this week with the technology twice having a huge impact.

Although City beat Spurs 4-3 in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, their 1-0 reverse in the first encounter in London saw Mauricio Pochettino's side progress on away goals.

The decisive goal was scored by Spurs striker Fernando Llorente, VAR ruling it should stand despite replays indicating the ball brushed his arm before bouncing into City's net off his hip.

And further VAR drama stunned the stadium in added time when Raheem Sterling's celebrations were cut short after he seemed to have wrapped up a hat-trick to deliver a semi-final spot.

VAR reviewed the strike and replays showed Sergio Aguero was marginally offside in the build-up, which stemmed from a loose Christian Eriksen pass towards his own goal.

Spurs return to Manchester for a crunch clash on Saturday with City looking to refocus on a gripping title race with Liverpool - and Guardiola is keen to move on from the debate over VAR, which is coming to the Premier League next season.

"We play for a lot, put a lot of effort in those situations, but we accept it," Guardiola told a news conference on Friday. "Sometimes the referee's wrong decision goes in our favour, in this case it was against us. Accept it, it’s football, it’s life.

"Especially for the game tomorrow, if we think about what could happen differently, I don’t know. For one inch we are out, for one handball we are out. Or maybe not, maybe after 10 minutes Tottenham attack and score three goals in five minutes.

"Maybe [that] happens, or maybe not, I don't know. I think to focus on this one action is ridiculous, because the game was so nice, the football was so nice, so open.

"VAR is f****** boring to talk about. Sometimes it helps you, sometimes not. UEFA created it to help the referees. What can I do?

"Try to concede less goals in these stages. Try to be more solid defensively, even though we are so solid throughout the season, even at top sides. At Chelsea, at Liverpool, in all the games we were so solid.

"It’s the competition, the knockout, the way we played for the minutes, and my feeling - maybe it will not be good for next season - that at every stage we are still better, we are still creating a lot of chances.

"No team created that many chances in Europe like we are able to create in many games. That’s why I like to see the way my team play, but unfortunately we are not in the next stage."

Pep Guardiola says he has no regrets over Manchester City's approach to their Champions League tie with Tottenham.

City won the second leg 4-3 on Wednesday, but went out on away goals, with VAR denying Raheem Sterling a last-gasp strike that would have sent Guardiola's side through to the semi-finals.

Guardiola set his side up to restrict Tottenham in the first leg, when City were beaten 1-0, but Wednesday's encounter was wide open, with both teams exchanging four goals in the opening 11 minutes.

Defensively, City were exposed, with Son Heung-min particularly effective against Vincent Kompany, while Aymeric Laporte lacked his usual composure, but Guardiola insists he has no concerns over the defensive organisation of his team – who face Tottenham again in the Premier League on Saturday.

"We concede a lot but we score a lot," Guardiola told a news conference. "When we played at Tottenham people said, 'He adapted, he is not himself, how he defended so tight, he didn't attack'.

"And the people don't think how many players we had coming back from injury, how we had two days regeneration, the new [Tottenham] stadium.

"If we had the kind of game we played here away at Tottenham, we would lose three or four to zero. We have to remember the game from last season at Anfield - three shots on target and three goals.

"Now playing the way we play when we score already 154 goals, when we show a good game for everybody, for you and the spectators around the world.

"That is not going to change. It is not enough to go through. Next season we are going to try and do it. This is my 10th season as a manager, it is always what I have done. In the good moments, the bad moments, we were honest with how we want to play.

"Of course we want to improve and cut out mistakes, we know it, we talk it. The players play and make good actions or bad actions, we have to accept it."

City were sensational at times on Wednesday, carving Tottenham open at ease, with Kevin De Bruyne putting in a brilliant midfield display and Sterling only denied a hat-trick by VAR. 

"Perfection you can never get, but you have to try to achieve it," Guardiola said when asked if his side were a perfect team.

"If it was perfection it would have been 4-0, not 4-3, or 7-0, because we created enough chances to score seven. So perfection does not exist, but you have to try.

"If you don't correct the mistakes, the mistakes will come again, and even when you do correct them the mistakes come again. I love for my players, that they are again and again doing that, arriving in the latter stages and being there, I like it, that is where we are."

Luciano Spalletti will not take much inspiration from Juventus' European conquerors Ajax in Inter's quest to bridge the gap to the top in Serie A, insisting that recreating the Eredivisie club's model in Italy is almost impossible.

Juve were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday after losing 2-1 at home to Dutch side Ajax, who progressed to the semi-finals as 3-2 aggregate victors.

Erik ten Hag's young side have been lavished with praise ever since, with their free-flowing, attacking-minded football earning them many admirers this season, and Wednesday's win in Turin was no different.

In the end, Juve were lucky to escape with only a 2-1 defeat, but Spalletti doubts Ajax's approach and club model can be mimicked to help topple the Old Lady domestically, with Massimiliano Allegri's men 17 points clear at the summit.

Instead, Inter feel they have to use players who are already close to their peak rather than young players with great potential, citing the deal which saw Radja Nainggolan join from Roma and Nicolo Zaniolo go the other way last year.

"Ajax played good games, but it is difficult to create an Ajax model in our league," Spalletti told reporters on Friday.

"Between saying we want to win and doing it, there are all those components that need to be prepared in detail. Then it takes a credible path for the players.

"It's not just you play that way or let the other team play. It's not just, 'don't pass the ball back to the goalkeeper'.

"The biggest clubs in Europe don't even buy a goalkeeper if they can't play with their feet. It is important that things let themselves go every now and then.

"Which way do you want to go? What is the path you want to offer your team? Ajax have a culture at the club and at national level. They go to play, to bring home a cleverly constructed design, it is a professional way of working.

"There are operations in the last transfer windows that we have done to be able to quickly bridge the gap with the strongest teams.

"Zaniolo is certainly a quality footballer, but he is not the only one who was included in transfer negotiations.

"Unfortunately, we have had to make transfer decisions to get up the table quickly and make a comparison. There is no time to calmly plan.

"Every market decision we had to account for Financial Fair Play. We have therefore been forced to sell promising young players like Zaniolo.

"We made the sacrifices we made to bring Inter a player like Nainggolan, ready to make the difference immediately, so we have suffered in recent seasons."

Inter have been linked with yet another Roma player in recent times, with Edin Dzeko reportedly lined up for a move to San Siro.

But Spalletti insists he is unaware of any interest, as the two clubs prepare to face each other on Saturday.

"Today we talk about our players only," he said. "Dzeko today is a formidable opponent to deal with.

"In that role we have Lautaro [Martinez] and [Mauro] Icardi who are both doing well. Keita [Balde Diao] did his job properly when he was called.

"For whatever concerns the transfer market, you will have to ask Piero Ausilio [sporting director], he is the professional on these matters."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels the introduction of VAR cannot stop referees making errors after the technology contributed to his side's Champions League exit.

Tottenham's decisive strike in a quarter-final that ended 4-4 on aggregate - Spurs progressing on away goals - was scored by Fernando Llorente, the ball appearing to brush the striker on the arm before his hip diverted it past Ederson.

The goal stood after a VAR review and use of the technology also went against Guardiola' men in added time when Raheem Sterling thought he has completed his hat-trick to send City through, replays showing Sergio Aguero to be fractionally offside in the build-up.

Guardiola has long been a champion of VAR, which was used at last year's World Cup and will be introduced in the Premier League next season after being further tested in English cup competitions this term.

City benefited from VAR not being in use to progress against Swansea City in the FA Cup, while Brighton and Hove Albion knocked out Millwall in a tie that did not have the technology in play either.

But Guardiola accepts it would not have been fair for Tottenham to be denied a first appearance in the Champions League semi-finals due to a goal that should have been disallowed.

"You know my opinion about VAR, you know, nothing changes," Guardiola told a news conference ahead of Spurs returning to Manchester for a Premier League clash on Saturday. "Of course what happened was tough.

"Referees make human mistakes like everyone but VAR is here to help, they can make mistakes even with VAR. Referees can take time, longer... seconds or minutes to see the images, different angles to see.

"Making mistakes with VAR, after that I don't agree, you have to take time to get the right decision. I supported it from the first time, it will be fair. If Raheem scores and they go out to an offside for them it's so tough for Tottenham. I don't like that.

"In the FA Cup, we were a goal away and for Swansea it's not nice. We support it, it is what it is. Other managers might not agree with VAR, but maybe now they are [in agreement]."

Questions have been asked about Guardiola after another relative Champions League failure, the two-time winner of the competition having not reached the final since his second success in three years with Barcelona back in 2011.

"I think it's just life, I qualify for the first final with Barcelona with one shot on target [in their semi-final second leg against Chelsea], you can say we didn't deserve it," he added. 

"After, in many situations I may think we deserved it but I would never say so because the opposition didn't deserve to lose either.

"It's football, it's life, it's not easy and it's complicated. You have to fight against tough opponents and react.

"It was incredible, how we performed [against Spurs on Wednesday]. After 1-2 we scored three goals and another which was a little offside.

"We spoke yesterday and we congratulated each other for what we achieved and we're training in the afternoon.

"We have five games [remaining] in the Premier League and the FA Cup final, tomorrow we have another game against Tottenham and we'll see.

"We'll see today how people recover from the big effort mentally and physically, tomorrow we'll make a big decision. We play early so we'll see in terms of selection."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could not help but sympathise with Manchester City after a VAR review disallowed the goal that would have sent them through to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

City beat Tottenham 4-3 on the day at the Etihad Stadium, though Spurs progressed to the last four on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

But that only tells part of the story, as City looked to be heading through when they went 4-2 up, only for Fernando Llorente to score 17 minutes from time – the goal allowed to stand despite a VAR review that appeared to show the ball hit the striker's hand on the way in.

Raheem Sterling then converted from close range deep into stoppage time to spark chaotic scenes of jubilation among the home support and Pep Guardiola's coaching staff, but VAR cruelly ended their celebrations, spotting Sergio Aguero had strayed marginally offside in the build-up and confirming Spurs' progress.

Unlike City, Klopp's Liverpool are into the semi-finals of the competition, and he felt sorry for the Premier League champions.

When asked on Friday whether elimination will help City domestically, Klopp told reporters: "[I've] no idea, but it was unbelievable. Seeing that, and then, wow!

"I really felt for them. Of course, everybody thought the ball was in and celebrated the goal. I know people would have said without VAR it was a clear goal and that's true, but we would still have had discussions afterwards.

"It was tough to take, I am 100 per cent sure, but on the other hand, big compliment to Tottenham, with all the problems they had, they went through.

"I said at the beginning of the season that Tottenham had the toughest summer of all of us, and not because of not signing anyone, but because these players had only two weeks of holiday.

"And they play this season? Unbelievable. And being in a game like this, and being ready like they were, scoring three goals at City is a massive thing. Of course, they deserve it as well, but the influence on the league? I have no idea. We will see."

Liverpool had little difficulty getting past Porto in the Champions League, progressing 6-1 on aggregate.

A trip to Cardiff City follows on Sunday and Klopp is eager for the squad's attitude to remain professional if they are to make the most of their potential.

"It's a super group," he said. "The boys are really close, but the mood and the atmosphere in the dressing room of [Manchester] City and Tottenham, [Manchester] United, Arsenal, Cardiff is really good as well.

"It's about how you mix up your potential with attitude. We obviously have a really good football team with good players, and mix it up with a world-class attitude and it makes you a difficult team to play. We did that from the first day of the season and so far it worked out.

"We are all aware of the difficulties of Sunday. Cardiff is a team that is used to defending with all they have. Outstanding set-pieces, a lot of physical power, which can make life uncomfortable.

"I understand you all want to talk about the positive season, but we don't think about that. We don't talk about Porto or Barcelona, we are really in the situation. We can talk after the season."

Pep Guardiola does not feel Manchester City's Champions League exit boosts their chances of beating Liverpool to the Premier League title.

City lost on away goals to Tottenham on Wednesday after a thrilling 4-3 home win that was ultimately not enough at the Etihad Stadium, Raheem Sterling denied a decisive stoppage-time strike by a VAR offside call against Sergio Aguero.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are back in Manchester on Saturday with City needing to refocus on the Premier League.

Liverpool hold a two-point lead at the summit, although they have played a game more.

City will therefore be champions for the second year in a row if they win their remaining five matches, extending a streak that has seen Guardiola's side take maximum points from their past nine top-flight games.

Even though Jurgen Klopp's men have a more congested schedule after knocking out Porto to book a Champions League clash against Barcelona, Guardiola feels that does not give City any edge.

"Title race is win tomorrow. That's the title race for us," Guardiola told a pre-match news conference on Friday.

"What Liverpool do against Cardiff, Newcastle, I'm not involved. I'm concerned about this week - three games in one week, the others I don't know, I cannot control it. I would prefer to be in the semi-finals and the quadruple be closer.

"In November or December there are more games. Liverpool went out of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup quite early, it's an advantage then as we played nine or 10 more games, but at this stage it's no influence to have more or less rest.

"It's a little bit of fact we didn't have too much time to prepare specific things [for the first leg at Tottenham] after the Brighton [FA Cup semi-final] and this game was quite similar because we play all competitions.

"It is what it is when you play for all competitions. You have to live it and we dealt with it really well so I don't have complaints about that."

Guardiola accepts it may take time for his players to recover from Wednesday's disappointment, when his recent frustrations in the Champions League knockout rounds continued.

"I don't want to see them forget what they lived. People can't forget what happened on Wednesday, we are human beings and it takes time. We play with that feeling," he said.

"What we lived on Wednesday was incredible and we were lucky to live it. For 55,000 people it was the most exciting moment, then one second later… devastated.

"It will always remain in our hearts, but in the future maybe a small smile for our performance. It was incredible how well we played. I don't want to see them think it doesn't matter, we were close. With this we play our game tomorrow.

"It was incredible how we performed, after 1-2 we scored three goals and another, which was a little offside. Inside it hurts and it will be in our minds, but looking back will not help us to move forward. It's tough but stand up and move forward. These players will have another chance to show it.

"They will get what they deserve, next year or in three years they will have the chance to be more lucky, more precise, whatever. We did everything in here [the heart] and here [the brain], with shots on target and the way we played.

"They were fantastic and I'm so proud. We lost, but I am so proud."

Cristiano Ronaldo is the future of Juventus even if he cannot guarantee a Champions League triumph, head coach Massimiliano Allegri has said.

Ronaldo scored his 26th goal of the season against Ajax on Tuesday, but it was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat that sent Juve crashing out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.

There are reports Juve are prepared to spend heavily in the transfer window to overhaul the squad and make them serious Champions League contenders, with Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the competition, claimed to be furious with their defeat.

There have also been suggestions the 34-year-old will only commit to playing for Juve until the end of next season, despite having signed a four-year contract when he joined from Real Madrid last July in a €112million deal.

Allegri, however, says Ronaldo is "calm" despite the disappointment of the Ajax defeat and insists he will be a pivotal figure moving forward.

"Ronaldo has had an incredible season," he told a news conference on Friday.

"The Champions League is over - the result is that we were knocked out. Ronaldo plus Juventus does not guarantee the Champions League. There are so many components in football.

"He is the future of Juventus. He has done well this year and will do great things next year. He's disappointed but he's calm about it, like everyone else."

Juve face Fiorentina on Saturday knowing that anything but a defeat would guarantee an eighth Serie A title in a row.

Allegri wants fans to be prepared to celebrate such an achievement with gusto and forget the frustrations of their European exit.

"It would be an eighth Scudetto in a row and therefore something to be proud of. It should be a party!" he said.

"We can't change the Champions League, so we enjoy what we have. Coming to the stadium, having the negativity of the Champions League and not celebrating the Scudetto would be wrong. We have to celebrate winning a trophy.

"It will still have been a great season with 50 per cent of our targets reached."

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen said it was "crazy" to see his former club Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Eredivisie giants are into the last four of Europe's elite club competition for the first time since 1997 after an incredible run that has included eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus.

Vertonghen started his professional career in Amsterdam before making the move to Spurs in 2012.

The defender said Ajax's run was no longer a surprise as he prepares to face his former club in the semi-finals.

"Ajax, obviously it's crazy they're there. An even bigger surprise that Ajax is there than us, probably," Vertonghen told UK media.

"I follow them every game, I speak to the people at the club, I know how good they are, I've watched every game.

"At the beginning in the Champions League they surprised everyone but now it is not a surprise any more. They are of this level, they are Champions League semi-final quality. That's how it is.

"I know how good they are, because obviously knocking Madrid and Juventus out is crazy. It will be an unbelievable battle between two positive sides."

While Ajax shocked Juve, Spurs survived a remarkable second leg against Manchester City, progressing on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

Progression was only secured after the VAR ruled out a stoppage-time goal by City attacker Raheem Sterling, who thought he had sent Pep Guardiola's men into the semis.

"It was crazy, madness, absolute madness. You don't know anything and it's a weird feeling," Vertonghen said.

"No-one was even appealing for offside, we all thought they had scored. Everyone was on the floor, but there was still two or three minutes left.

"So it was 'let's try and get the ball in the box and we will see whatever happens'. And then out of nothing, the referee came up with VAR. We didn't even know."

Tottenham will host the first leg of their semi-final against Ajax on April 30.

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