‘Ajax faced us without us having 5 players’ – Allegri says Ajax have been lucky

Ajax's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek (C) runs to celebrate with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London, on April 30, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Massimiliano Allegri has suggested that Ajax have been lucky in the Champions League this season and that there have been “moments when everything goes right”.

The Dutch side have been a revelation in Europe’s premier club competition this season, first knocking out Real Madrid at the last-16 stage before dumping Juventus out in the quarter-finals.

Juve head coach Allegri thinks they’ve been fortunate at times in this season’s competition, however, pointing to some of the players that were missing from his starting XI for the 2-1 defeat to the Dutch side on April 16.

He Sky Sport Italia: “In the Champions League there are moments when everything goes right, Ajax faced us without us having five players.

“Then they go to London and they [Tottenham] were missing the [main] striker [Kane], and the other striker [Son] is banned. After 15 minutes the central defender [Vertonghen] gets injured…”


Allegri also discussed Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Barca, believing that the Catalans have better players than their opponents that ultimately made the difference on the night.

He added: “Liverpool had three big scoring chances [against Barcelona], but Barcelona had four and scored three. Why? Because their players are of a higher level and make the difference in certain situations.

“Barcelona has players accustomed to that level and they proved it on the night, regardless of whether Liverpool had a good game or not. It’s like a race. Everyone can run the first 900 metres but very few can run the final 100.”