Why Robin van Persie believes Ajax are favourites to beat Spurs in Champions League

first_img Comment Van Persie netted a brace against Ajax earlier this season for Feyenoord (Picture: Getty)‘I watched how they reacted if I let myself fall back into midfield, or if I was going to play on the back of the Argentine boy [left-back Nicolas Tagliafico].‘That worked out well that afternoon, everything came off. Duels with De Light, I don’t get involved in that. It makes no sense. He’s so good, so strong.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The former Arsenal frontman says Harry Kane will be a huge loss (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal forward Robin van Persie is backing Dutch rivals Ajax to overcome Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final of the Champions League.Ajax pulled off a stunning win over Juventus in the quarter-final, with away goals from Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt cancelling out Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener on a thrilling night in Turin.A day later, Spurs progressed to last four in dramatic fashion, scoring three away goals against Manchester City but appeared to have been knocked out by Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time ‘winner’ only for VAR to chalk it off. Advertisement Why Robin van Persie believes Ajax are favourites to beat Spurs in Champions Leaguecenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Apr 2019 12:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link319Shares Ajax have knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus and face Spurs next (Picture: Getty)Now the two giant-killers will face off over two legs in the semi-final, with the first leg in north London in a weeks’ time, though Spurs’ squad is ravaged by injuries and Van Persie believes that gives Ajax an advantage.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I did not see Ajax against Juventus because I was watching [Dutch comedian] Najib Amhali. I saw Manchester City against Tottenham though and that was better than a great film,’ the Dutchman told Algemeen Dagblad.‘I think Ajax are favourites in the semi-final because Tottenham play without Harry Kane.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityVan Persie scored twice against Ajax in a thumping 6-2 win for Feyenoord back in January and he says the secret to getting the better of impressive defender De Ligt is not to go toe-to-tie with him.‘What I always try to do in the first 15 minutes is look at the position of central defenders,’ Van Persie continued.last_img

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