How Tottenham measure up to Ajax ahead of semi-final showdown

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Tottenham will face Ajax in the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating Manchester City.

Here, Press Association Sport looks ahead to the clash with the Dutch side.

Key Players

Frenkie De Jong is a key cog for Ajax
Frenkie De Jong is a key cog for Ajax (Nick Potts/PA)

Harry Kane will be missing for Spurs
Harry Kane will be missing for Spurs (Bradley Collyer/PA)


Mauricio Pochettino is in uncharted territory, having never got this far in the Champions League, with the round of 16 his previous best run. The Argentinian has one of the best reputations in the game after turning Spurs into a major force in English football without the spending power of their rivals and he has received interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United. The big question mark over him remains his lack of trophies and he would love to put that right in the biggest competition of all.

Erik Ten Hag has guided his young Ajax side to the semi-finals
Erik Ten Hag has guided his young Ajax side to the semi-finals (Nick Potts/PA)

Strengths and weaknesses

Tottenham’s status as a Premier League powerhouse should mean they are favourites, despite Ajax’s list of scalps already taken in previous rounds. When Spurs are at their best they can swamp teams with their high-pressing, high-intensity game. Their speed and quality in attack mean they are always dangerous going forward. However, they are not always at their best and often are accused of going missing in the big games, earning the nickname ‘Spursy’. Defensively they are sometimes vulnerable, meaning their games are always entertaining.

Ajax boast some of the hottest young properties in the European game and the energy they provide has served them well in this campaign. They have also shown no fear in the face of some revered opposition and their confidence must be soaring. This will be a difficult result to predict but, in terms of tactics, Pochettino might just have the edge over Ten Hag.

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