Ajax manager Eric ten Hag wants his team attack against Tottenham in tomorrow’s Champions League semi-final, despite holding a 1-0 lead.

A draw will be enough to see the Dutch side progress to their first Champions League final in 23 years, however ten Hag is focused only on winning the game.

“We need to win this match tomorrow, that will be our mindset,” he said.

“We have to stick to our own strengths. Our minds [in the first leg] were a bit too much on defending the lead.”

Ajax were relatively conservative in the second half last week but were still able to keep Tottenham goalless.

With Son Hueng-min back in the line-up, the London club will likely pose a threat against an Ajax side whose home form has failed to match their performances on the road.

Their wins against Real Madrid and Juventus both came away from home, while they lost and drew respectively to those teams at Johan Cruyff Arena.

This game does have a different feel about it though, with ten Hag believing it is the biggest game in the stadium’s history.

“Everyone knows what it is about,” he said.

“It is the most important match for Ajax in this arena. We don’t need any external motivation.”

If they get through, it will set up a mouth-watering final against Liverpool which will be held at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

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Damon Palmar
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