Ajax is a club that has had its fair share of behind-the-scenes upheaval. For a club with such a clear identity – a certain style of football, the cultivation of young talent, protecting the legacy of Cruyff – Ajax can seem oddly factional.May 6, 2019
The Champions League is rarely a competition of sustained surprises. While teams may occasionally pull off shock results, of late the tournament has been dominated by a number of predictable faces. But this season, Ajax, guided by manager Erik ten Hag, have not just surpassed expectations, they’ve done it by seeing off exactly the sort of sides one would expect to be dominant in the final rounds: Bayern in the group stages, Real Madrid in the Round of 16, and Juventus in the Quarter Finals.