‘juve were scared of us’ - erik ten hag

12:00    17 Apr 2019

Ajax's Joel Veltman (left) battle for the ball
AFC Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has claimed that Juventus were scared of his team ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash last night.

Ajax stunned the Italian champions 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, advancing into the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate.

Having already come through a group with Bayern Munich and eliminated title holders Real Madrid in the previous round, the Eredivisie club has now ousted one of the tournament favourites.

Goals from Donny van de Beek and captain Matthijs de Ligt secured the triumph for Ajax, after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring in favour of the hosts.

After the match, ten Hag told reporters: "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."

You can see Ajax in Eredivisie action this coming Saturday when they play away to Groningen. Live coverage on Fox Sports 1 begins at 18h35 CAT.
 

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