20 Apr Champions League:’It is mad they are there!’ – Vertonghen happy to see Ajax at Champions League semis
The side’s Champions League series is much more sudden than Tottenham’s, as stated by the defender
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen stated it was”mad” to watch his former team Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Eredivisie giants are to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 1997 following an amazing run that’s included removing Real Madrid and Juventus.
Vertonghen began his career in Amsterdam prior to making the move to Spurs in 2012.
The protector said Ajax’s conduct was no more a surprise since he prepares to face his former team at the semi-finals.
“Ajax, clearly it is mad they are there. An even bigger surprise which Ajax is that than people, likely,” Vertonghen informed UK media.
— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) April 16, 2019
“I trace along each match, I talk to the folks in the club, I know just how great they are, I have watched every match.
“In the start from the Champions League they surprised everybody but today it isn’t a surprise any more. They are of the degree, they’re Champions League top quality quality. That is how it is.
“I know how great they are, since clearly knocking Madrid and Juventus outside is mad. It’ll be an incredible conflict between two sides that are positive.”
While Ajax shocked Juve, Spurs survived a remarkable second leg against Manchester City, progressing on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.
Progression was only secured after the VAR ruled a stoppage-time target by City attacker Raheem Sterling, who believed he’d shipped Pep Guardiola’s guys to the semis.
“It was mad, madness, utter madness. You do not understand anything and it is a weird feeling,” Vertonghen explained.
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— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 18, 2019
“No-one was appealing for offside, most of us thought they’d scored. Everybody was on the ground, however there was two or three minutes left.
“Therefore it had been’let’s try and find the ball in the box and we’ll see anything happens’. And out of nothing, the referee created VAR. We did not even understand.”
Tottenham will host the initial leg of the semi-final against Ajax on April 30.