Ajax take 1-0 aggregate lead into home second leg
Ajax will be full of confidence when they welcome Tottenham for this second leg clash. The Dutch giants earned a first leg 1-0 win in London and will be looking to build upon their KNVB Cup triumph on Sunday having swept Willem II aside in a 4-0 win.
Ajax Team News
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Ajax were able to rotate players for their weekend at Willem II and have no fresh injury concerns. Ajax’s only injury concern is Carel Eiting, so they are expected to name the same lineup once again with Erik ten Hag hoping for a repeat of the first leg result.
“An English team has a different intensity. We noticed that against Real Madrid and Juventus”, the Dutch manager said. “We had to go to a higher speed in London and we must win tomorrow. The away goal was important, now we are looking forward to playing at home. The atmosphere will be amazing. It’s a joy to play this kind of games”.
Ajax held Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at the new White Hart Lane last week. The last time Ajax played a Champions League semi-final was in 1997, the last final they played was one year before when they lost on penalties against Juventus at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
Ajax Predicted lineup: Onana; Mazraoui, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; Schone, De Jong, Ziyech; Van de Beek, Neres, Tadic
Tottenham Team News
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The Spurs will be hoping that Heung-Min Son can inspire a comeback against an Ajax team with a daunting home record, and reach their first ever European Cup final. Following their 1-0 defeat in the first leg, they will need to produce a spectacular performance at the Johan Cruijff Arena in order to progress.
Jan Vertonghen suffered a nasty injury after a collision with Andre Onana in the first, yet showed no ill effects and he’s set to recover in time to start.
Although the Belgian defender is expected to be fit to face Ajax in the second leg, we may see Pochettino alter his starting eleven as he looks to cause an upset in Amsterdam.
Tottenham Predicted lineup: Lloris; Trippier, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose; Sissoko, Wanyama, Alli, Eriksen, Son, Lucas
- The first leg was only the third time the two teams have met, and the first time Ajax came out victorious.
- Tottenham won both legs when the pair met in the UEFA Cup back in 1981.
- On their only previous visit to Amsterdam, Spurs won 3-1.
Tottenham Hotspur head to Amsterdam on Wednesday night looking to overturn their 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. The Dutch side have already proven to be victorious over Juventus and Real Madrid this season and they will be quietly confident of taking another on Wednesday night.
Last 5 Matches
|Willem II 0-4 Ajax||
Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham
Tottenham 0-1 Ajax
Tottenham 0-1 Ajax
Ajax 4-2 Vitesse
|Tottenham 0-1 West Ham|
Groningen 0-1 Ajax
Tottenham 1-0 Brighton
|Juventus 1-2 Ajax||
Man City 1-0 Tottenham
Tottenham are ending the season poorly after a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth, a game in which they had Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth sent off. Spurs have won only one of their last six in all competitions and they’ve lost nine of their last 10 on the road, with the exception a 1-0 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund.