Ajax Amsterdam is the most spending team in the Dutch transfer market, but that is not the key to help this club achieve success in the Champions League this season.
According to statistics from Transfermarkt, Ajax threw £ 45.59 million into players’ purchase at Summer 2018, more than all other clubs in the Dutch league (Eredivisie) combined.
The most expensive contract Ajax brought in last summer’s transfer window was defender Daley Blind from Man United for £ 13.8 million. Next is striker Dusan Tadic from Southampton for £ 9.8 million.
However, the typical contracts mentioned above are not a premise to help Ajax play successfully in domestic and Champions League tournaments. Instead, owning many talented young stars trained from the academy is the key to making great progress for this club.
Statistics show that Ajax is the team with the highest rate of home-grown players in the Champions League in 2018/19 with 40.9%, just behind Atletico Madrid (48%).
Some excellent names of the mature Ajax from young academy like captain Matthijs de Ligt, right-back Joel Veltman, midfielder Frenkie de Jong, striker Kasper Dolberg or midfielder Donny van de Beek .
In the first semi-final against Tottenham this morning (May 1), Van de Beek also shined with the only goal to help Ajax win 1-0, thereby bringing great advantages to representatives of Ha. Lan before the rematch at home a week later.
Ajax Amsterdam continues to have a sublimation match in the Champions League and this time, the brightest star of the Dutch team is Frenkie De Jong.
More than 30 years have passed but Tottenham fans still remember about celebrating Johan Cruyff to White Hart Lane and being overtaken by Glenn Hoddle. It was at this time that Cruyff was at the twilight of his career and wearing Feyenoord but beating one of the greatest legends in football history remains an unforgettable memory.
Last night, Tottenham had a chance to welcome Cruyff’s descendants at Ajax Amsterdam, in the most important match of their history. It was the semifinal match of the Champions League 2018/19. Ajax is not a wealthy team, but like the Cruyff era, this team proves that football success is not always tied to money.
The way that Ajax is full of excitement and confidence in defeating Real Madrid and Juventus is enough to prove it. And on Tottenham’s trip, the script remained unchanged. The home team proved nervous and exhausted from injury. In contrast, the visitors are still full of energy, satisfied and sharp.
Evidence is that the Tottenham midfielder is almost stunned by Ajax’s pace, fluency and generosity of attacking play. Davinson Sanchez reeled from the opponent’s breathlessness, Toby Alderweireld could no longer keep his inherent coldness but became unsure and Jan Vertonghen was stunned after a collision with goalkeeper Andre Onana.
For Tottenham, the Champions League 2018/19 is really a tremendous torture mechanism. Pochettino’s teachers from the final victory in the last few minutes made Inter Milan guests, collapsed in front of Barcelona in just 5 minutes and spent the moments that the emotional roller moved wildly in front of Man City.
And last night, Pochettino teachers and students had a new experience. It is patience. Against the tremendous pressure Ajax created, Tottenham almost knew how to defend against it and could not find a way to protest. No Son Heung-min, Tottenham cannot hold the ball to breathe. No Harry Kane, the Ajax defender has nothing to worry about and boldly raises his attack.
The result of losing at home is a big disadvantage for Tottenham. However, a positive view, The Spurs only lost 1 goal and the return match in Amsterdam will have a stronger force. Within a week, Pochettino’s mission is not to find a way to drill concrete, the task of the Argentinian strategist is to try to block Frenkie De Jong.
At White Hart Lane, De Jong showed why Barca accepted to spend £ 75m on him. A great talent, a true Cruyff transmission with a coherent mindset and smooth playability. It was De Jong, no one else, the midfielder who forced Tottenham to leave for 90 minutes and next year, he wore Barca.