He revealed that that Mauricio Pochettino's men had taken inspiration from Liverpool's heroics on Tuesday night (Wednesday NZT), when they overcame a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barcelona at Anfield to somehow win 4-3 on aggregate.
There's a certain poetry to that, isn't there?
"Heart and Lucas Moura - he's how we won the game". It's an exciting moment for us. "We are blown away, no real words for it". "My players are heroes - in the previous year I was telling everyone this group are heroes".
"Sometimes people, they don't know how we feel", he said on beIN SPORTS. One more unanswered away goal would send Spurs to the final, and just when it looked like Ajax was going to survive the late rally, Moura came through one more time.
That last-minute switch did not perturb them, as they took a fifth-minute lead, Lasse Schoene's corner being headed in by De Ligt. Donny van de Beek streaked forward and laid the ball off to Tadic, who cut the ball back to Ziyech for a one-time finish beyond the reach of Lloris and inside the far post.
"The second half was wonderful".
Four minutes later, the impossible began to look possible as Onana saved brilliantly from Llorente but Ajax failed to clear the ball and Moura fired through a crowd.
"They are all heroes, but Lucas Moura he is a super hero".
Thankfully Hoddle, who played for Spurs between 1975 and 1987 before managing the team for two years in the early 2000s, was fine and gave a touching insight into what the victory meant to him.
"When Lucas scored two you thought there's a chance but Jan [Vertonghen] hit the bar and then Lucas scored the victor right at the end". Disappointed with the first leg how we started and we started like that tonight.