Ajax vs Tottenham: Mourinho slams Dutch side for bottling 2 goals lead

Ajax vs Tottenham: Mourinho slams Dutch side for bottling 2 goals lead

- Ajax vs Tottenham Champions League final saw Erik ten Hag's men squander three goals aggregate lead to crash out of the competition at the semifinal stage

- Former Man United boss Mourinho believes the Dutch side should have changed their tactics in the second half of the game

- Liverpool will now face Spurs in the final of the championship in Madrid on June 1

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has slammed Ajax after squandering their two goals lead against Tottenham in their Champions League semifinal second leg clash.

Matthijs de Ligt headed the hosts ahead just five minutes from a Lasse Schoene's cross while Hakim Ziyech doubled their lead 30 minutes later.

But a Lucas Moura's hat-trick ensured those two first half goals were mere consolation as the Premier League side progressed to their first ever UCL final on away goal rule.

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However, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss believes the Dutch boys should have changed their tactics when they came back for the second half of the encounter.

Asked whether Ajax should have changed their philosophy after taking a 3-0 aggregate lead, he told beIN SPORTS: "For me, yes. The philosophy is what makes a team grow up in a direction.

"Every team grows up, you need that base, you need that philosophy, you need that style of play adapted to the quality of the players.

"Ajax deserve all the credit for that and all the admiration of people like us who love football, and we give them the credit they deserve.

"But football is a sporting battle and in battles you need strategy. And to win matches, especially special matches, for special matches you need sometimes not to be tied to your philosophy.

"Sometimes you even need to go against your philosophy to win a football match and I think if Ajax, in the second half, hide their weaknesses better, but everybody knows their weaknesses, they have to cope with that.

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"We saw many example in their attacking situations, we had other situations where Blind and De Ligt were outside. The basic thing you do when you have an advantage is keep your balance all the time – never unbalanced.

"The balance starts exactly with the defensive line in position then after that a certain number of players always behind the ball line.

"But they stuck with their philosophy, they played the game in the second half like they were playing Vitesse in the Dutch league. They played like it was a group phase game, or one more game in their own league.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Premier League side Tottenham are through to their first ever Champions League final following their 3-2 win over Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

In the absence of Harry Kane, Lucas Moura scored three second half goals to help Spurs book a date with Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.

They came back from three goals aggregate lead to qualify for the last stage 3-3 on aggregate after both legs.

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