Ajax ready for English test

Published on: 17 April 2019

Matthijs de Ligt says Ajax are unconcerned whether they face Manchester City or Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Eredivisie side stunned Juventus on Tuesday evening, coming from behind to win their last-eight second leg 2-1 in Turin.

Cristiano Ronaldo put the Italian's in front in the first half only for Donny van de Beek to level quickly after.

De Ligt, the teenage skipper at Ajax, headed home midway through the second half to ensure 2-1 win on the night and a deserved 3-2 passage overall.

The 19-year-old central defender says they have no preference ahead of Tottenham taking on Man City on Wednesday evening, with Mauricio Pochettino's team carrying a slender 1-0 lead into the second leg.

"At the moment I don't have any preference," he said. "We will see who is coming to the semi-final and then we have to show the same [as we did in Turin]."

De Ligt hailed Ajax's 'unbelievable' achievement after the Dutch club ended their 22-year wait for a Champions League semi-final appearance by adding Juventus to the scalp of European champions Real Madrid in the last-16, both wins coming via impressive successes on their travels.

"It's unbelievable what we achieved, we are a squad from the Netherlands and we show the world what we can do," he added.

"We showed it in the Bernabeu (against Madrid), we showed it against Bayern Munich (at the group stage) and now we showed it against Juventus.

"But we are never satisfied and the next game is also going to be important, we'll see what happens."

Ajax are 7/1 to win the Champions League this season, with Barcelona now 15/8 having eliminated Manchester United on Tuesday. Tottenham are 10/1 ahead of their trip to the Etihad Stadium.

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Matthijs de Ligt says Ajax are unconcerned whether they face Manchester City or Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Eredivisie side stunned Juventus on Tuesday evening, coming from behind to win their last-eight second leg 2-1 in Turin.

Cristiano Ronaldo put the Italian's in front in the first half only for Donny van de Beek to level quickly after.

De Ligt, the teenage skipper at Ajax, headed home midway through the second half to ensure 2-1 win on the night and a deserved 3-2 passage overall.

The 19-year-old central defender says they have no preference ahead of Tottenham taking on Man City on Wednesday evening, with Mauricio Pochettino's team carrying a slender 1-0 lead into the second leg.

"At the moment I don't have any preference," he said. "We will see who is coming to the semi-final and then we have to show the same [as we did in Turin]."

De Ligt hailed Ajax's 'unbelievable' achievement after the Dutch club ended their 22-year wait for a Champions League semi-final appearance by adding Juventus to the scalp of European champions Real Madrid in the last-16, both wins coming via impressive successes on their travels.

"It's unbelievable what we achieved, we are a squad from the Netherlands and we show the world what we can do," he added.

"We showed it in the Bernabeu (against Madrid), we showed it against Bayern Munich (at the group stage) and now we showed it against Juventus.

"But we are never satisfied and the next game is also going to be important, we'll see what happens."

Ajax are 7/1 to win the Champions League this season, with Barcelona now 15/8 having eliminated Manchester United on Tuesday. Tottenham are 10/1 ahead of their trip to the Etihad Stadium.

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Source: bet365.com

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