On Tuesday evening in Turin, Ajax again confused all expectations by demolishing one of the biggest names in Europe & # 39; s football.
After a 4-1 victory at Real Madrid in the last 16, Ajax arrived in Juventus with an 1-1 score from the first match in Amsterdam. They were trailed by a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo before Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt scored to end another remarkable comeback. Now, the last four beckons and a draw against Manchester City or Tottenham.
Here Sportsmail judges the Ajax heroes who have gained memories of the famous European cup winners of 1995, and catapults the Dutch club back to the forefront of the European game …
Ajax confused all expectations by demolishing one of the biggest names in European football
Their stunning comeback wins Juventus and places them in the semifinals of the Champions League
Sportsmail judges the heroes who have gained memories of the European winners of the club
Andre Onana – 23
The Cameroonian was honored from Barcelona with the promise of regular first-team football. He made the sweater of his own and is one of those that he is expected to stay at the club next season.
At the training complex De Toekomst van Ajax, a legend is never far away. Onana told Sportsmail in 2017: & # 39; In Barcelona I trained with the first team and even saved a few from Lionel Messi, but he even scores almost everyone in training! At Ajax we are very lucky with the support of club heroes.
& # 39; Every so often, Edwin [van der Sar] comes out on the training field, even though he is now the CEO. He gives me tips, he picks me up after a setback. He is one of the greatest of all time.
& # 39; At the start of the season I was about to leave the club because I wanted to play. He sat down and said: & # 39; Calm down, be patient, your time is coming & # 39 ;. When Edwin tells you, you listen. & # 39;
Goalkeeper Andre Onana cites Ajax director Edwin van der Sar as a major influence on his career
Joel Veltman – 27
The full back has appeared in the Ajax books since the age of nine and represented the Netherlands in every age group from under 17 up to and including the senior team. His own personal story is inspiring in itself, because Veltman has overcome a serious cruciate ligament injury in the past year and is now firmly back in the image of the first team.
Matthijs De Ligt – 19
Rio Ferdinand has named him the best young center half of the planet after his match-winning goal in Turin. The former defender of Manchester United said about De Ligt: & Beautiful and majestic ball-playing ability. Also scored a huge goal. & # 39;
It is therefore no wonder that the 19-year-old is the target of the biggest clubs in Europe. Barcelona is at the front of the line and sees De Ligt as the natural sustainable replacement of Gerard Pique.
The potential of De Ligt has been clear for quite some time and he performed well as a 17-year-old in Ajax & # 39; s Europa League final defeat by Manchester United. He will control more than £ 70 million this summer.
The 19-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt is the object of desire for the leading clubs in Europe
Daley Blind – 29
The man who couldn't win a match in the defense of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is, remarkably, the record record of Ajax in a deal that can go up to £ 18 million including add-ons. Blind is another product of the Ajax academy and its calmness and maturity gives confidence to the defense.
Noussair Mazraoui – 21
Ajax's full defense in Turin consisted of academic products and the Moroccan-born full-back in the Netherlands.
Mazraoui, who was transformed from a midfielder as a teenager, scored decisive group stage goals against both Bayern Munich and Benfica. He is the perfect modern wing-back, athletic and combative without the ball and with a high quality in possession.
Daley Blind is a product of the Ajax academy and his calmness and maturity gives confidence
Frenkie De Jong – 21
The 21-year-old has already agreed to sign for Barcelona next season in a transfer of £ 67 million. In his home country he is compared to Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Johan Cruyff. No pressure then.
His guaranteed strokes make him a natural fit for Catalonia – and explains why Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have also pushed hard – but he is also able to mix his game and claim authority in midfield.
In the Dutch media, his mother promised to keep his feet on the ground, which explains why he still shops his clothes in H&M and has no tattoos. It is also said that he has rejected a stand in his name at his home club of ASV Arkel.
Frenkie De Jong has already agreed to sign for Barcelona next season in a transfer of £ 67 million
AJAX & # 39; S IMPLEMENTATION TO THE SEMI FINALS
Qualifying second round – beat Sturm Graz 5-1 on total
Qualifying third round – count Standard Liège 5-2 on total
Qualifying play-off – beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 on total
Group Stage – Drawn in Group E with Bayern Munich, Benfica and AEK Athens. Finished in second place with three wins and three draws.
Round of 16 – defeat Real Madrid with 5-3 on total
Quarter-final – beat Juventus 3-2 on the total
Lasse Schone – 32
The old head in the side scored the fourth for Ajax against Real Madrid and is known for its powerful attack and clever use of the ball. The Deen has been with Ajax for seven years now and the media have thought of him as the & # 39; boomerangman & # 39; of Ajax because of his explosive shootings from practice.
Although he is not Dutch, he has played in the Netherlands since he moved to Heerenveen as a teenager.
David Neres – 22
Searched for Sao Paolo, Ajax sports director Marc Overmars actually thought the club had paid the odds to support Neres in January 2017 for £ 10 million, but now the Dutch side expect to receive around £ 50 million this summer.
Neres has scored double goals and is assisting this season and scored a belt equalizer in the home game against Juventus.
He almost left the club in January. Ajax refused a £ 38m bid from a Chinese club, but they were willing to sell and hoped to replace it with 18-year-old Mexican Diego Lainez, who declined them for Real Betis. The Spanish side is in eighth place in their national competition, which indicates the extent of Ajax's financial constraints.
Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Manchester United and now alternate summer steps for the player.
David Neres scored double digits for goals and assists and scored the first leg equalizer
Donny Van de Beek – 21
Fed at Ajax from the age of 11, Van de Beek is one of the six academics graduates who started the match in Turin. He scored the crucial equalizing goal in the night and may have disappeared under the radar in the midst of De Jong's rapid progress.
Tottenham, who previously raided Ajax for Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Christian Eriksen, are favorites to praise the midfielder from the Amsterdam area, while Chelsea is also interested.
Hakim Ziyech – 26
The Moroccan is a member of the team that has been at a more conventional peak age and has 17 goals in Ajax colors this season. Leicester, Arsenal and Chelsea have all scouted a player who grew up in the Netherlands and previously played for Twente.
Mauricio Pochettino has been following Ziyech for a number of years and it will be interesting to see if his progress this season takes Tottenham out of a transfer this summer.
Hakim Ziyech has been scouted by Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs
Dusan Tadic – 30
When Tadic informed Southampton last summer that he wanted to leave the club, there was no rush. Indeed, there was only one phone call and there was a surprise when Champions League-bound Ajax decided to go for a player who is now 30. Unbelievable to think of, really, when Tadic turned Real Madrid & Bernabeu into his own personal playground last month.
In Southampton, Tadic saw that his colleagues left him. There they went; Morgan Schneiderlin, Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Toby Alderweireld all leave for more ambitious clubs.
He was the last to leave but he chose his exit well. He now has 28 goals for the season and his performance in Madrid earned a 10/10 rating from the French newspaper L&E Equipe, and only became the ninth player to receive a perfect rating in their 73-year history. He scored one and made two in a dazzling personal show.
Tadic has been an important voice in the dressing room and held three-hour conversations with manager Erik Ten Hag after the draw against Bayern Munich earlier in the season. At the Hilton Hotel in Munich, Tadic explained that the players had had enough of the manager's approach to training, where 11 out of 11 games would require reserve players to mirror the team's upcoming opponents.
Dusan Tadic has gone from an unknown spell in Southampton to the attacking hero of Ajax