Despite a historic season for the ‘Sons of the Gods’ their absence from this Saturday’s Champions League final still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of Ajax fans and players alike.
One Ajax player in particular, midfielder and Dutch international Donny van de Beek, has spoken out on the devastating defeat that his side suffered against Tottenham in the Champions League, as well as the prospect of revenge in next month’s UEFA Nations League semi-final between Holland and England in Portugal.
Van de Beek admitted that he tries ‘not to think too much’ about the defeat to ensure that he can still get a good night of sleep
With the match having ended in such heart-breaking fashion for Ajax, after Lucas Moura’s heroic injury-time winner, van de Beek suggested that the opportunity to knock England out of the UEFA Nations League on June 6th offered ‘a good opportunity for revenge’ against a Three Lions side whose squad consists of four Tottenham players – Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Danny Rose
He said to De Telegraaf about the upcoming match against England: “That is a good opportunity for revenge.”
However, he admits that the defeat to Spurs still plays on his mind: “Of course the final of the Champions League on Saturday sometimes comes to mind. But I try not to think too much about it. Otherwise I won’t sleep anymore.”
Having scored the only goal of the first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and consequently having led the tie across both legs for all of 186 minutes, it’s understandable that the game against Spurs is still on his mind.
The midfielder has also been recently linked with a potential move to Spurs this summer (Voetbalzone) with the Dutch giants reportedly offering the 22-year-old a new deal.
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It’s not surprising to see members of the Ajax squad seeking revenge against England in June, especially considering Tottenham’s importance in England’s success.
However, as for the involvement of the Tottenham boys in the game itself, there are question marks surrounding that possibility – with the small matter of a Champions League final taking place just five days prior.
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