TURIN – Ajax Amsterdam basked in widespread praise after their Champions League heroics, but their young players believe the 2-1 away win over Juventus in the second leg of the quarter-final should have been more emphatic.
“We could have scored a few more in the second half,” said midfielder Frenkie de Jong, one of the heroes of their triumph in Turin which was characterised by some sweeping passing play.
The 3-2 aggregate win ensured unlikely semi-final qualification for the Dutch club who have come all the way through the preliminary rounds of the competition.
“In the first half, they had a bit more control,” De Jong said of Juventus’ early showing as Cristiano Ronaldo put his side ahead in the 28th minute, but Donny van de Beek levelling six minutes later.
“Their 1-0 lead was not exactly undeserved, but luckily for us, we were able to get back to 1-1 quickly after that.