Not for the first time this season, Tottenham Hotspur are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League.
1-0 down after their home leg against Ajax, Spurs will need a massive response in the away tie next week.
But despite the fearsome task in front of Tottenham, midfielder Moussa Sissoko has no doubt his team will qualify — a show of public optimism that will buoy Spurs supporters.
“I believe we will go to Amsterdam and come back with qualification because I know the quality of this team,” Sissoko told The Guardian.
“We have a lot of character. I think it would be foolish to write us off. We have proven that a lot of times this season.”
At first glance, Sissoko’s claim may carry a touch of arrogance, but one only needs to look at Tottenham’s Champions League displays this season to see his point.
After the early group stage matches, Spurs looked all but eliminated from the competition. However, a late charge resulted in Spurs finishing second in their group, beating Inter Milan and drawing with Barcelona on the final day to qualify for the last 16.
And after sweeping away Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham endured a rollercoaster of a quarter-final with Manchester City and progressed in miraculous fashion.
With the deficit just a solitary goal heading into the match in Amsterdam, Sissoko has every reason to believie Tottenham can engineer another comeback and book a place in the final – after all, they are trying to do something that they have done already this season.