Tottenham Hotspur will host Ajax Amsterdam in the first leg of the 2018/19 Champions League semi-final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday morning (1/5/2019). The second meeting of the club could be labeled as a duel with a fellow dark horse team.
Both Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax, were able to present surprises on the way to the Champions League semifinals.
Spurs arrived in this round after getting rid of Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 and Manchester City in the quarter-finals. Ajax is more spectacular, eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus to reach the last four.
Ajax, who is the owner of four European Cup / Champions League titles, began to show the light as in their golden days. Thanks to the cold hands of Erik ten Hag, Ajax this season kicked off on the domestic and European stage. With pillar players like Dusan Tadic, Judge Ziyech, Frenkie de Jong, David Neres to captain Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax transformed into a terrifying force.
Unlike when against Madrid and Juventus, this time Ajax is favored. Looking at historical factors, big names, complete squad and performance, Ajax is believed to be able to go through this first leg with satisfying results.
Ajax is even fitter than its opponent. That was thanks to the ‘support’ of the entire Eredivisie team, who were willing to postpone all of their matches at the weekend to help Ajax prepare for a visit to headquarters to Tottenham.
Besides that, which is no less important, their opponents will come down with lame strength. Two key attackers Tottenham must miss against Ajax. Son Heung-Min, who played a crucial role in the success of getting rid of City in the quarter-finals, was suspended for the first leg. While Harry Kane pulled over due to injury. The conditions of Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, and Moussa Sissoko also doubted.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes that the players will be able to make the best contribution for positive results to be capitalized before playing the Champions League semi-final second leg in Amsterdam on May 8, 2019.
At least four Tottenham players will attract attention. Because, they are former Ajax players.
They are Toby Alderweireld (2008-2013), Jan Vertonghen (2006-2012), Davinson Sanchez (2016-2017), and Christian Eriksen (2009-2013).
On the other hand, Tottenham can no longer rely on a new stadium. Tottenham always won without conceding in their first four games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The perfect record was broken with a 0-1 defeat against West Ham in the Premier League last weekend.
As a result, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium threatened again tarnished when receiving the visit of the giant Amsterdam.