The match in London launched a program for the semi-finals of the Champions League this season. “Tottenham Hotspur” at their new stadium met with “Ajax”, didn’t show our best game and gave the guests with a minimum score.
In this confrontation, the hosts are unable to count on two key players of line of attack. Harry Kane is injured and it’s possible this season will not play, and Sleep Khim Ming had too much yellow cards and missed the first meeting with rivals from Amsterdam through suspension. Named as the players watched the game from the stands.
The place in goal was taken by the captain Lloris, the three Central defenders were Sanchez, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, and Tripler and rose acted on the flanks. Wanyama was responsible for the reference area, located just above the Case of alli and Eriksen, the attack was made by Lucas Moura and Llorente.
Ajax suggested a scheme 4-2-3-1, where Veltman, de Ligt, blind and Talarico made up the Quartet of defenders. In the Central zone worked de Jong and Sean, the attacks helped van de Beek, Ziyech and NARES, and the main scorer of the team Tadic played on the position of the pronounced forward.
Tottenham — Ajax 0:1
Possession: 49% — 51%
Shots on target: 1-2
Yellow cards: 0-2
The first half
From the opening minute clearly outlined its own game plan — the guests were not going to sit back, act boldly and aggressively. The opponents started the game at a good pace, but the first ten minutes the struggle took place mainly in the midfield. Plan “Ajax” worked after the first quarter of an hour — Ziyech’s pass into the penalty area opened the London defence, van de Beek took the ball, avoiding offside, paused and kicked accurately into the corner.
Nine minutes later, the Dutch could have scored a second goal, but van de Beck got greedy and decided to shoot himself — kick beat Hugo Lloris. And 30 minutes, serious damage received Vertonghen. Alderweireld and Vertonghen collided in the penalty area, the result is bloody to Jan within five minutes had the assistance of physicians. In the end, the Belgian was unable to continue the match, appeared on the pitch, Moussa Sissoko.
In stoppage of the first half five minutes, spurs had a couple of dangerous attacks on goal but the players didn’t manage to get.
The second half
After the break, Tottenham have added in aggression and speed, but the players, “Ajax” competently worked in defense. By the middle of the second half, the visitors generally focused on counterattacking actions. This has borne fruit — Londoners dangerous moments is not actually created, and in the 78th minute, only the post prevented Neves to score the second goal in gate of Englishmen.
“We didn’t show our best game. The first 20 minutes the players Tottenham just watched the ball. We have to change a lot before the second meeting. Ajax looked at our background much better. This is a good team, but we helped them today. It was our fault.
Lucky Ajax has failed to score more. We have a chance to change things in Amsterdam” — said after the meeting one of the leaders of Chelsea’s Christian Eriksen.
With the Dane could not agree more. Overall Tottenham has had a lackluster match obviously the team is in a small crisis, and the loss of key players affected the attacking potential. Ajax, in turn, looked better and made the most important step towards the Champions League final. In any case, spurs ‘ nothing is lost, everything will be decided on may 8 in the Netherlands.