Hakim Ziyech stars in Champions League again, amid Tottenham links

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League quarter final match between Juventus FC  and Ajax Amsterdam at the Allianz Arena on April 16, 2019 in Turin, Italy

Tottenham have been linked with Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech.

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax  during the UEFA Champions League  match between Juventus v Ajax at the Allianz Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Turin Italy

Ajax's dream Champions League run continues, after they beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin to advance into the semi-finals of the competition.

The Amsterdam side were unlucky to only draw the first leg 1-1 last week, and they certainly showed enough to suggest that Juve wouldn't get an easy ride, even if they were favourites.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Juve, but that's as good as it got for the hosts, with midfielder Donny van de Beek equalising just moments later.

 

Ajax were dangerous throughout the second half, and grabbed a stunning win as Matthijs de Ligt powered home a header from Lasse Schone's corner to send his side through.

Few could have predicted that Ajax would reach the semi-finals, especially having been pitted against Real Madrid and then Juventus, but they have been exceptional.

One player who has really shone throughout this dream run is playmaker Hakim Ziyech, with the Moroccan producing superb displays on a regular basis, and Tuesday night was no different.

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League quarter final match between Juventus FC  and Ajax Amsterdam at the Allianz Arena on April 16, 2019 in Turin, Italy

Ziyech, 26, picked up an assist for Van de Beek's goal, and whilst it was somewhat fortuitous, his stats show how he created four chances, more than another player in the Ajax side, whilst he had a stunning goal ruled out for offside.

Dangerous from set plays and long range whilst being incredibly creative and possessing pinpoint passing, Ziyech will attract major interest this summer – and it's no surprise that The Guardian claim Mauricio Pochettino wants him at Tottenham.

Whether he's signed as a replacement for Christian Eriksen or to bring more creativity to the Spurs side, Ziyech should be a top target this summer, and his display last night underlined his great quality.

Hakim Ziyech of Ajax  during the UEFA Champions League  match between Juventus v Ajax at the Allianz Stadium on April 16, 2019 in Turin Italy

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