Tottenham will face Ajax at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in London, in the Champions League Semi-Finals first leg. Tottenham against Ajax is the match with big interest, especially during this season, their positions in domestic Leagues and also in Europe’s Champions League. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
After Tottenham Hotspurs started to play on their own stadium, at home they are unbeaten and look very confidently. Of course, they play very beautiful and confident football, although, they lost twice in the last 5 Premier League matches. Very likely, that they will keep their place in Premier League and get a ticket to Champions League group stage for next season. In PL they lost most matches from the Top 6 clubs in highest English League. Maurizio Pochettino well-prepared team to fight even against the strongest clubs of Europe. There are players in the team who can pull a team by themselves and show leadership skills at the right moment.
Tottenham finished second in the group stage of Champions League, where they faced Barcelona. At 1/8 Finals they met Dortmund and won both matches. Then in Quarter-final, they knocked out Manchester City in a very tough and productive game, even losing 4:3, because they won 1:0 at home ground.
Even with an injury crisis, Son Heung-Min took the leadership position and won unexpected matches. Harry Kane is the best goalscorer with 17 goals and 4 assists. Moreover, Lucas Moura Son Heung-Min and Cristian Eriksen proved that they are very strong team players with superb abilities. This time, all main squad players are fit and fully prepared to face Ajax, expect the main striker Harry Kane who is still under question.
Kieran Trippier, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose
Moussa Sissoko, Dele Ali, Eric Dier, Cristian Eriksen
Lucas Moura, Son Heung-Min
Ajax Amsterdam this season looks unstoppable in Europe’s Champions League, although, they are still fighting to become a champion of Eredivisie. They have the same amount of points as PSV. Whole Europe afraid of their attack and after winning against Real Madrid and Juventus, Tottenham needs to prepare very seriously. Erik ten Hag The has assembled a very strong, purposeful, young and intelligent team. A lot of talented players will be linked with the top clubs in Europe after this season.
Ajax showed great form even in the group stage of CL playing in one group with Bayern Munich and Benfica, finishing without any loss. In Playoffs, they faced Real Madrid at 1/8 Finals and after losing at home ground 1:2, they made an unforgettable comeback by winning 4:1. Then at Quarter-final they met Juventus with Cristiano Ronaldo in a leading position and finished first game in Amsterdam with a strong 1:1 draw. However, in Turin, they took advantage in their hands and won 2:1 against hosts.
In Eredivisie and Champions League combined Dusan Tadic scored 30 goals and made 15 assists. Hakim Ziyeh, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Kasper Dolberg combined scored in total 44 goals and made 21 assists. Moreover, players like Frenkie de Jong, Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt, Donny van de Beek, David Neres and others made a very big impact on team success. Unfortunately, Noussair Mazraoui, Carel Eiting, and Hussane Bande will miss the most important game of the season.
Erik ten Hag
Nicolas Tagliafico, Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt, Joel Veltman
Lasse Schone, Frenkie de Jong, Donny vande Beek
Hakim Ziyech, Dusan Tadic, David Nere
These teams have never met before, however, their style of football is very similar. Moreover, both teams are very talented, young and perspective.