Champions League Semi-Final Preview: Tottenham vs Ajax
The field is now down to only four teams in the UEFA Champions League. Two of them are the Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax, who will lock horns in the UCL semi finals 2019 to see which between them will make it to the grandest stage in European football.
Nitrogen Sports Blog breaks down the first leg of this matchup below.
When is the first leg of Tottenham vs. Ajax?
Tottenham will play host in the first leg of their semifinals showdown with Ajax on Apr. 30 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Neither team was expected to go far in the UEFA Champions League, but a win would give them a great chance at claiming the biggest prize in European football.
UCL semi finals 2019: Tottenham vs Ajax
Ajax have won more European trophies than most squads, but their last UCL triumph was way back in 1995 when they beat Milan in the finals, 1-0.
The Dutch side has shattered all expectations in Europe this season, riding their great attacking play to reach the UCL semi finals 2019.
They lived up to their rich history with a 3-2 victory over Juventus in the last round, seeing off Cristiano Ronaldo’s team thanks to goals from Donny Van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt to clinch their spot in the UCL semi finals 2019.
Tottenham are a major success story in their own right, as they have maintained their lofty spot in the UEFA power rankings. They infamously spent nothing in the summer transfer window, relying on a core of players who have vastly improved under coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The Spurs’ win over Manchester City was one of the best games in recent memory. The tie ended 4-4 on aggregate, with Tottenham through on away goals thanks to Fernando Llorente.
Raheem Sterling was denied by a correct VAR call in the final minutes, paving the way for a first ever Champions League semifinals ticket for the London club.
The Spurs would have probably been slight favourites going into their home tie, but their top attackers are not going to be available.
Harry Kane remains injured, while Heung-min Son is banned for accumulated yellow cards until the second leg. They’ll need to rely on Lucas and Llorente while waiting for the return of their South Korean forward.
Ajax’s squad will likely be ripped apart by the richer teams in Europe when the summer transfer window opens, but they’ll be a solid test for a Tottenham team which has also exceeded expectations this season.
Frenkie De Jong, Matthijs De Ligt, David Neres, Dusan Tadic, and Hakim Ziyech have a real understanding on the pitch and heaps of talent, and Juventus and Real Madrid will attest to the talent of the Ajax team.
New to football? We got you covered. It’s never too late to get hooked on European football, and you can read more about the UCL in our UEFA Champions League guide before the first-leg meeting of Tottenham and Ajax.