After quite the successful spell in the Champions League, we will all remember what AFC Ajax did throughout the season despite their elimination.
AFC Ajax is one of the most pleasant surprises of this Champions League season, people should remember what they did for many years to come.
There is an old saying in sports that goes: ‘Nobody remembers the second place’. Well, I got a newsflash for all the people who think that way, people will remember this Ajax team.
What Erik ten Hag did this season is nothing short of incredible with a young and vibrant group of players who were always hungry for more.
It’s a shame that clubs like this don’t have more economic power and their business model revolves around selling their best assets.
It would be nice to watch Ajax keep more than half of the best players they have for many years to come, just to see what they are all capable of doing.
This is one of the most talented generations that Ajax has produced in the last 20 years, we are going to watch each individual reach impressive levels of performance where ever they play.
We all know that Frenkie de Jong is going to Barcelona next season but we still don’t have a clear idea where other players such as David Neres, Hakim Ziyech, Matthijs de Ligt, or Donny van de Beek are going.
One thing is for sure though, we won’t watch this exact group of players together next season at Ajax.
Dušan Tadić. Real Madrid vs Ajax.
Ha sido el engrane para juntar al Ajax con balón. Atacó la espalda del trivote con continuidad para girar y sumar 5 pases clave. Importante función de Donny van de Beek como MP llegador y de presión para fijar y permitir esos descensos. pic.twitter.com/PZum2J7x9P
— Luis Gil (@GilLuis_) March 6, 2019
The Real Madrid match was an eye-opener.
Nobody believed in this AFC Ajax squad before the Champions League Round of 16 started, they were only an Eredivisie club that played great football.
However, getting the opportunity to humble the reigning champions in their favorite competition put them on the map for sure.
Suddenly all members of the media wanted to know more about this young squad, they also started investigating more about their manager and found some revealing details about his past.
Erik ten Hag was a Pep Guardiola alumn, the Dutch manager learned some of Pep’s secrets from the time they shared together at Bayern Munich.
That style he used to make his players perform was very familiar to a lot of people. When they realized this link between both managers existed, everything was clear.
We finally found a coach who is carrying a similar philosophy with a relative level of success.
There are still two fixtures left on the season and the Eredivisie will be decided between two squads, one is Ajax and the other one os PSV Eindhoven.
Both clubs currently have 80 points but Ten Hag’s team has a better goal deficit, they showed that offensive capability when they played against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
That 1-4 victory against the Spanish giants was the jump starter of this revolution.
No me canso de ver esta jugada colectiva del Ajax vs Juventus. Es que es para verlo una y otra y otra vez… vaya forma de tocar la pelota. 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/LYvNpLuzEO
— Messi The GOAT 🐐 (@MessiFCB92) April 24, 2019
Ajax disposes Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus.
Some people still weren’t convinced that this Ajax squad was a big deal, they believed that Cristiano Ronaldo would eliminate them in the Quarterfinals.
However, the Dutch squad presented another great performance at Juventus’ Stadium and got past another one of the title contenders.
We are even starting to believe that this Ajax squad would’ve possibly eliminated FC Barcelona if they had met them in the competition as well.
This squad will join other clubs that had a great run in the competition but got dismantled soon after it was over.
The most recent example we can think about is Kylian Mbappe’s AS Monaco from two seasons ago, that was an incredible squad that coincidentally reached the semifinals as well.
There have even been rumors of manager Erik ten Hag possibly leaving Ajax to coach a bigger squad.
Marca reported this week that Bayern Munich might be interested in the coach. This Ajax squad might not even be able to keep its manager for next season, which speaks volumes about the lack of continuity that exists in today’s European football.
All we ask after this amazing season from AFC Ajax is for people to not forget this squad that easily.
O Barça está atento ao treinador do Ajax, Erik ten Hag. [ESPN] pic.twitter.com/K7wS7d4Z5B
— Barcelona Brasil 1899 (@Barcelona189915) May 8, 2019
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