De Ligt comments on Tottenham duo Alderweireld and Trippier

Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League  match between Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruijff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam Netherlands

Tottenham Hotspur stunned Eredivisie leaders Ajax to set up a Champions League final with Liverpool thanks to Lucas Moura's Amsterdam hat-trick.

Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League  match between Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruijff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam Netherlands

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is understandably heartbroken after his side were stunned in the Champions League semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

And, speaking to Veronica (8 May, 10:00pm), the club captain believes Ajax’s collapse started when they stopped putting pressure on Spurs’ ball-playing defenders Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier.

The Eredivisie leaders looked certain to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 1996, going into half time in the second leg with a three goal aggregate lead.

 

But Lucas Moura turned the tie around after the interval, scoring three times including a 96th minute winner to send Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham to Madrid in Ajax’s place.

De Ligt has received plenty of criticism for his role in Lucas’ stoppage time strike but the 19-year-old believes Ajax were made to pay for their failure to stop Alderweireld and Trippier from building play at the back.

"In the second half we were no longer capable of putting on pressure, so Alderweireld could step forward and Trippier had too much time to bring the ball in,” the Dutch international admitted.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham blocks the shot of Frenkie de Jong of Ajax during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan...

"We had no answer to that. We survived for a very long time, but we gave away the goals very clumsily. That's what made the difference.”

Alderweireld’s excellent passing range proved crucial in the second half while the much-maligned Trippier produced one of his finest attacking performances since last summer’s World Cup, even if he was arguably at fault for the two goals Tottenham conceded in the Dutch capital.

Ajax's Danish forward Kasper Dolberg (L) vies with Tottenham's English defender Kieran Trippier during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Ajax Amsterdam...

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