Van Gaal believes Ajax is playing like the club in 1995

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 12: Dusan Tadic of Ajax battles for the ball with Niklas Suele of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Ajax and FC Bayern Munich at Johan Cruyff Arena on December 12, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 12: Dusan Tadic of Ajax battles for the ball with Niklas Suele of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Ajax and FC Bayern Munich at Johan Cruyff Arena on December 12, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The last time Ajax won the UEFA Champions League was in 1995 and for the Dutch manager they are playing like those winners.

Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax has won the UEFA Champions League four times.

They won it in three consecutive occasions starting in the 1970-1971 season.

Then they won it a fourth time, and for the last time, in the 1994-1995 edition.

Now they will play against Real Madrid on Wednesday, as part of the Round of 16 of the competition.

But for international manager Louis Van Gaal, the current club plays as well as that of the 1994-1995 season.

“This Ajax side is almost as good as the one in 1995,” Van Gaal was quoted by Marca.

“I still believe it. “I continue to believe that they can win a Champions League again, although it’s still early.”

“Last October, when Ajax were going to face Bayern Munich, I said it and people laughed at me, but they have already seen the team qualify for the next round,” he explained.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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The former Real Madrid assistant manager backed Jose Mourinho, saying he would have been just as good as Zinedine Zidane is.

“With young players making up a lot of their squad, many of Europe’s elite have been sniffing around and Frenkie de Jong’s departure is already set for the summer.”

“[Matthijs] De Ligt and De Jong are still young,” he added.

“The problem is that if they leave then Ajax have to start again.”

“If we compare it with Spain or Germany, the Netherlands is a small football country so everything is more complicated,” he continued.

“Pep Guardiola is the only one who plays attacking football,” he said as he changed the subject.

“[Ernesto] Valverde and [Jurgen] Klopp try, but they’re not Guardiola. But they can get to that level.”