Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt said the outsiders’ run in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals left him speechless.
The Dutch beat Real Madrid and Juventus in the round of 16 to qualify for the last four games, where they will face Tottenham or Manchester City.
“I was getting a little crazy because we could not convert any chances.I was not born the last time we reached the semifinals,” De Ligt added.
Ajax is the first team out of England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France to reach the last four places since their compatriots PSV Eindhoven 14 years ago.
“We have incredible talents and for our country, things will get better and better,” said manager Erik ten Hag.
“We were not favourites, but with our philosophy, we still exceeded our limits.
“We know how to push the limits every time, and with Tottenham or Manchester City there will be another challenge and we look forward to it.”
Ajax won the trophy for the last time in 1995 with a young team of future superstars such as Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert.
Their star players were gradually chosen by the biggest clubs of the time, but they nevertheless managed to return to the finals the following year and the semi-finals the following season.
Several members of the team this year should leave this summer, Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to move this summer to Barcelona.
“Apart from the first five minutes of the second half, we dominated after the break and were well worth the win,” said De Jong.
“In fact, we probably should have won more.”
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