Ajax added Juventus to their list of major Champions League scalps on Tuesday night.
Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag has commented on his side's latest Champions League success in comments that are bound to be both worrying and interesting for both Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola.
The Eredivisie side followed up their superb triumph over Real Madrid by knocking out Juventus in the quarter-finals thanks to another marvellous away performance in the second leg as Donny van de Beek and teenage captain Mathijs de Ligt struck at the Allianz Stadium.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the tournament, had headed the hosts in front from a first-half corner to make it 2-1 on aggregate, but Ajax's high-intensity press and flowing, attacking football led to another huge scalp and increased hopes that the Amsterdam side could repeat their triumph of 1995.
In his post-match press conference as quoted by Football Italia, Ten Hag deemed Juventus, as with Real before them, "a little scared" of his side, adding: "It is very difficult to play against our style of football, as we have very technically-gifted players and it’s tough to press us. Even in defence, only we know how to perform that variable pressing game."
With Man City hosting Spurs on Wednesday night for the right to take on Ajax, the 49-year-old added: "Pep Guardiola has a pretty similar philosophy to mine. If we play the way we did against Real Madrid and Juventus, then we ought to feel confident against either of these teams too."
Such comments will be worrying to both Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp because they come from a coach that is able to back them up on the back of two superb tie victories, but informative because whichever side makes it through, they will know exactly how to prepare, with the possibility of using Man City as a provisional template.
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