After Real Madrid, Juventus Turin in the Champions League must swipe against the “young guns” of Ajax the sail. The low countries show great football and prove that you are not afraid of big names.
It almost seems as if the players of Ajax Amsterdam wanted to the short time left to them together, well it only goes to use and enjoy. Finally, the Eleven of coach Erik ten Hag only has a very short half-value time: After the season, will connect of your Best to other, bigger clubs who play in better leagues than the Dutch honor division. After in the second round already title holders Real Madrid had been promoted in an impressive way from the competition, showed the young team of Ajax is now also Juventus with their Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to the limits.
“This is a great story,” said Daley Blind, with 29 years to the seniors in Ajax. “We started in the qualifying. But we will play without fear and have a good mix of young and experienced players, and we believe in what we do.”
Parallel to prominent predecessors
For the first Time in 22 years the Dutch record champion is in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Ajax Coach was called at the time, Louis Van Gaal, the held at the time of the first Post as head coach. To Van-Gaal-Eleven of 1997 included players such as Patrick Kluivert, the De Boer twins Frank and Ronald, and Marc Overmars, the careers of all of their World had before. And the current Ajax squad is peppered with players, after which the piano Nobile of the European football licks the Finger.
Expensive defense legs: Frenkie de Jong goes for 75 million euros to FC Barcelona
Defensive player Frenkie de Jong has already signed a contract with FC Barcelona. The Catalans have its services to 75 million Euro cost. His team-mate Matthijs de Ligt is allegedly from FC Bayern Munich and savory, and also of the opponent of Juventus courted. He will leave the club well, and a similar transfer fee for Ajax as de Jong. For the attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech and David Neres, there should be a long line of interested parties – here, too, the Name of the FC Bayern falls, Borussia Dortmund, FC Liverpool and Paris St. Germain for the Ajax-interest to players.
De Ligt: “Not afraid of anyone”
The convincing Ajax package Coach ten Hag, is recognisably a friend of offensive football has put together. Already in the Santiago Bernabeu of Madrid his Team a 4:1 had been celebrating victory, a goal was more beautiful than the other. This time, Ajax took me a half hour to get into the game. But at the latest after the break the Dutch brought all the football Foodie once more to Marvel at. Lightning-fast counter attack, a lot of page breaks with a sharp, flat passes in a full run and refined Interaction at high speeds: The looked good only Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was it not due to it, that it was again Ajax-and-square victory. Juve was operated with the 1:2 at the end. “We have already shown in the last round that we can beat big teams,” noted compensation-Sagittarius Donny van de Beek. “In the second half we were better than Juventus, and had a higher need to win.”
Not afraid of big names: Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt
The secret of success lies in the fact that the young team can setbacks do not unnerve. Ajax plays his boots, in the firm Belief that one can always make his goals. “We know we have a lot of technical qualities,” said de Ligt, the after the game on Sky. “We have no fear of any opponent. We play really well and be afraid of anyone.”
And after Ajax has now cleared two heavyweights out of the way, and in the group stage against FC Bayern looked good, slips of the Dutch record Champions slowly in the role of a real Contender. In the semi-final either Tottenham or Manchester City will be waiting, both of which are also no easy opponent, but that didn’t bother the intrepid “young and Wild” Ajax so far.