Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat to Ajax on Tuesday courtesy of a first-half strike from midfielder Donny van de Beek.
The visitors started the game in terrific fashion as they dominated possession and cut through Spurs at will. Pochettino’s men struggled to get near the Ajax players as Tottenham’s midfielders were chasing shadow for the majority of the first half.
The hosts put in a much better display after the interval as they upped the intensity. However, Tottenham faltered in the final third and thus failed to fashion too many clear cut chances.
After the game, former Chelsea midfielder Ruud Gullit, who was part of beIN Sports’ coverage of the match, was full of praise for Ajax’s display while slamming the Spurs players for their performance. He singled out Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Danny Rose in particular for their lackluster showing.
Watch Gullit’s post-match thoughts below:
"I'm very proud of them."
"But a lot of players, disappointing. Dele Alli…so bad!"
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) April 30, 2019
Spurs Web’s take:
The legendary Dutch midfielder is certainly right in saying that more was expected of the Tottenham stars in what was one of the biggest games in the club’s history.
However, the tie is far from over as Spurs exposed some of the chinks in Ajax’s armor in the second half, and could take advantage in the second leg with Son Heung-Min back in the side.
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