Big Game Preview: Champions League semi-final 1st Leg – Ajax

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There is only one game bigger than this and hopefully, Tottenham will be contesting it – The Final.

The Lilywhites welcome high-flying Ajax to the new stadium with the hope of gaining a lead that could all but see them with one foot in June’s Champions League final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.

However, Ajax has surprised many this season with many making them favorites over the two legs to beat Spurs with a host of young stars setting Europe alight and exposing some giants’ weaknesses.

We take a look at some of the need to know information ahead of this gargantuan two-legged semi-final.

How did they get to the last four?

Tottenham’s epic away goals victory over Manchester City has been well-documented but Ajax’s route to the last four has been even more impressive.

Few gave Erik ten Hag’s men much of a chance when drawn against Real Madrid in the last sixteen.

They were given even less of chance when Real won the first leg 2-1 in Amsterdam but a mesmerizing display from the Lancers saw them through to the last eight.

Juventus were the next European heavyweight to feel the full force of Ajax as the Dutch club came through 3-2 on aggregate to give them belief, they really could go all the way.

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Spurs suffered their first defeat on their new home soil at the weekend to West Ham but may be forgiven with this epic Champions League clash on the horizon and a top four spot looking good despite the loss.

However, Ajax are showing no signs of slowing down and head to London after a 4-2 home win over Vitesse in the Eredivisie to leave them level on points at the top of the table with PSV Eindhoven.

Head to Head

The pair have met twice before and twice Tottenham have won.

It came in the first-round of the 1981 European Cup Winners Cup with Spurs winning 3-1 in Amsterdam and then 3-0 at White Hart Lane thirteen days later to progress 6-1 on aggregate.


Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has a fully fit squad to choose from which could prove a pivotal factor as Spurs will be without Harry Kane and Son Hueng-Min.

Firepower could be an issue for Spurs which is something Ajax have not struggled with.

However, Mauricio Pochettino has geared much up for this contest and the feeling is Spurs have enough about them to remain in the tie with a 1-1 score line a fair result.