donny van de beek: the job’s far from done!

10:00    08 May 2019

Donny van de Beek
AFC Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek insists that their UEFA Champions League semifinal with Tottenham Hotspur is far from over.

The Eredivisie giants welcome the English Premier League side to Amsterdam tonight for the return leg of their tie, with Ajax leading 1-0 from the first game in London last week.

Van de Beek, who netted the decisive goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, insists his side is taking nothing for granted as they chase a berth in the UEFA Champions League final.

"We have to stay focused like we have before, stay calm and play our own game," van de Beek told his club’s official website.

Erik ten Hag's Ajax came under pressure in England, where they were not quite as dominant as they showed in their away performances against Real Madrid and Juventus in previous rounds.

"We played too many long balls. That is not our game and our quality," van de Beek admitted.

He continued, "The focus is on what we are good at. We should not think too much and the stadium will be behind us. We all know we are very close to the final.

"We saw it against Madrid, in the group stage against Bayern Munich that we can make [it] difficult for anyone. We have also shown that we can beat anyone. We have to make sure that we are top but we are also enjoying it and are a team."

He concluded, “It is 1-0, everything is possible. Therefore we are not looking ahead. It wouldn't do us good to be thinking about that.”

 

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