The Dutch midfielder’s 15th-minute goal brought down the Spurs
Let’s not call them kids, the terrible youngsters at Ten Hag. They are in fact one step away from the Champions League final, after the 1-0 victory in London against Tottenham in the first semi-final. The third of three in the knockout phase of this tournament away from Amsterdam: after the Bernabeu and Allianz Stadium, the new Spurs system also falls, in a game where the Dutch have not only replied at times the wonderful football seen against Real Madrid and Juve, but also knew how to suffer, when the opponents have raised the pace and pressed the defense led by the exceptional De Ligt. Pochettino perhaps would like to play it again “with all the players”, as our technicians often repeat to justify a defeat. At the start, his Tottenham has many heavy absences: Kane will also miss the return, I am disqualified. Winks and Lamela are not in the game either, while the injured Dier and Sissoko are on the bench. In short, Pochettino has over 50 of his seasonal goals out. Alli and Eriksen must thus lower themselves in turn to give Wanyama a boost, but the Spurs recover at least Vertonghen in the three-man defense. Ajax curiously with the same eleven that drew in Amsterdam against Juve in the quarterfinals. In fact, Ten Hag prefers Veltman to Mazraoui on the right, not yet at his best after the injury at the Stadium against Juventus.