Ajax coach Erik ten Hag was quick to praise his players following their 1-0 win over Spurs this evening. An early Donny van de Beek goal was the difference and hands the Dutch giants a slender advantage heading into the second leg next week.
"I think the first stage of the game was very good. We controlled and dominated the game and created chances and scored a very good goal. Spurs changed something and was more direct still, we had some problems but we did well, overall it was a deserved win for us."
Brazilian attacker David Neres missed a golden opportunity in the second half to double the lead for Ajax as his shot cannoned off the post, despite this ten Hag was pleased with the overall performance of his team.
"Yeah, it was a moment in the second half we did well in possession we switched the game and created the chance and we needed to do that more. Unfortunately, it was not 2-0 it was possible although 1-0 at Tottenham was a very good result."