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Ajax's Away Form In The Champions League Is Ridiculous

Ajax's Away Form In The Champions League Is Ridiculous

Before the season started no one would have expected Ajax to be just 90 minutes away from being in the Champions League football but when you look at their away form in the competition this season it's no surprise.

Most seasons in the Champions League you can pretty much guarantee that Real Madrid will be in the semi finals of the competition and joined by at least two of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.

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There's another level below of Europe's elite who make an appearance and every now and again there's room for a complete surprise.

When Ajax's Champions League campaign started in July against Sturm Graz no one would have expected the Dutch team to make it into the final four.

Erik ten Hag's side had to come through three rounds of qualifying just to make the Group Stages, came through a relative 'Group of Death' to get into the knockout rounds and have since faced one of the most difficult runs you could ask for to get into the semi finals.

Their run this season has seen them face Bayern Munich, Benfica, Real Madrid, Juventus and Spurs and they've not lost to any of them away from home:

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On top of those results there's been a 3-1 win away to Sturm Graz and 2-2 and 0-0 draws with Stanard Liege and Dynamo Kiev in the qualification rounds, and a 2-0 win against AEK Athens in the group, meaning they've not lost a single game away from the Johan Cruyff Arena in Europe this season.

At home Ajax did lose 2-1 to Real, a result that most felt would result in them being knocked out in Madrid in the last 16, so there's something to hang on to for Spurs.

Van de Beek celebrates his goal against Spurs. Image: PA Images
Van de Beek celebrates his goal against Spurs. Image: PA Images

In the semi final the Dutch side were much the better team in the first half and took the lead through Donny van de Beek but they couldn't add a second in the opening 45 minutes.

Jan Vertonghen's enforced substitution at the end of the first half made Mauricio Pochettino change to four at the back and the Premier League side were much better in the second half.

However Pochettino's side still didn't create enough chances and the Eredivisie leaders were well worth their win.

Will Spurs turn it around or can Ajax face another away trip to Spain for the final?

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Spurs, Football News, Donny van de Beek, Matthijs de Ligt, Dutch football, Tottenham Hotspurs, Ajax, Juventus, Champions League, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Frenkie De Jong, Real Madrid, European Football

Ryan Sidle

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