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Frenkie De Jong

Frenkie De Jong

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Frenkie De Jong

Ajax have shocked Europe this season after their run to the Champions League semi-final, where they meet Tottenham.

Here, we take a look at five aspects that make the Dutch outfit stand out.

Doing it the hard way

No one can say Ajax do not deserve their place in the last four. They finished second in their group behind Bayern Munich before getting past the might of Real Madrid and Juventus in the knockout stages.

The Ajax way

Ajax got past those two powerhouses with an attacking, high-intensity style of football. They play with a high press and everything comes through Frenkie De Jong, while Matthijs De Ligt is considered one of the best defenders in Europe.

Full of stars

The downside of Ajax's surprising run this season is that there is a good chance their team could get ripped apart. De Ligt is courting interest from Barcelona and Juventus while De Jong is rumoured to be heading to the Nou Camp for a fee north of £70m.

European Pedigree

Ajax's return to the top levels of European football is being heralded as a welcome return for a club who won the European Cup three years in a row in the 1970s and won the Champions League in 1994-95.

Domestic fight

They are embroiled in a thrilling race for the Eredivisie as they sit at the summit, level on points with PSV Eindhoven. Ajax only have to match Eindhoven's results in the last two games to win the title.