"Juventus were scared of us" says Ajax coach Ten Hag

While Ronaldo has featured and won in the last three Champions League finals, it's been four years since his closest rival Lionel Messi last reached the competition's semi-final and his drought has become a source of unease for Barcelona ahead of their latest attempt on Tuesday.

In an age of ever-increasing European dominance by the heavyweight clubs in Europe's five major leagues, Ajax - who were 250-1 outsiders at the start of the competition - are striking a blow for the forgotten nations by defying some of the favourites.

Ajax will play the victor of the all-Premier League tie between Manchester City and Tottenham for a place in the final at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

While he did deliver some magical performance for Turin-based club, he could not steer them to the semis of Champions League.

"In Madrid it was harder because we lost in the first leg". Sadly for Ajax supporters, it won't be with them in the future, but on this evidence they could yet stun the football world and go all the way together before this team is inevitably split up.

Frenkie de Jong claimed it was tougher against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu after giant-slaying Ajax upset Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals.

There were cheers at Camp Nou as Ajax came from behind to beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus to make the Champions League semifinal. Just as he did in the first leg in Amsterdam, Ronaldo thumped a downwards header past Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana in the first half and celebrated with his usual blend of machismo and self-centred delirium.

Even going behind to a goal from Ronaldo in the first half didn't faze Ajax's young players as Donny van de Beek levelled shortly after and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the victor in the second half.

"We had so many chances to score at the end, it is 2-1 but it could be 3-1 or 4-1. So who knows?", said De Ligt.

When Matthijs de Ligt climbed highest to nod past Szczesny at a corner with just under 25 minutes to go it felt somehow incongruous, like watching a master fencer finish off an opponent with a thunderous headbutt.

The second half was on a knife edge and Ajax were determined to send men forward in search of a goal that would leave Juventus needing two and a mountain to climb.

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"And he showed why we think that and why he has won so many titles".



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