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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ajax Coach: Juventus Were Scared Of Us

Ajax stunned Ronaldo's Juve 1-2 at home in Turin, to progress to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Ajax was tied with Juventus after ruthlessly eliminated three-time champions Real Madrid on a 5-3 aggregate. They took the same form and believe to Turin to shock Juventus 1-2, after a 1-1 draw at home in Amsterdam.

After the match, Ajax Coach Ten Hag told reporters that Juventus showed lack of confidence and was scared to play them.

He said: "I think it was an incredible night for Ajax, the players and all of Dutch football.

"We have again knocked out one of the Champions League favourites, as with our philosophy, we can go beyond our limitations and we've done it again.

"You could see that Juve were a little scared of us and so were Real Madrid. It is very difficult to play against our style of football, as we have very technically-gifted players and it's tough to press us. Even in defence, only we know how to perform that variable pressing game.

"We played the first leg well, so we had confidence and also patience, which we needed to escape the Juve pressing in the first half.

"During the half-time break, we talked about the pressing on Emre Can, as the wingers had to push forward more, keeping Lasse Schone and Frenkie de Jong closer together.

"The spaces opened up and we could go to attack. Juventus had to defend at that moment, but we went 2-1 up and had many more scoring opportunities.

"Our tie with Real Madrid was similar, as again we should've scored more goals in Amsterdam. We need to convert more of our chances and kill games off earlier. Having said that, I am very happy and proud of the team and the whole staff."

Ajax will be paired to either Manchester City or Tottenham in the semi-finals. Both teams faces each other tonight at Etihad, after Tottenham won 1-0 in their 1st leg encounter at White Hart Lane.

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