Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag tried not to be too downbeat after his side threw away the chance to reach the Champions League final on Wednesday night.
For Ajax, a brilliant run in this competition, where they beat Real Madrid and Juventus in previous rounds, ended in the most heartbreaking of ways against Tottenham in Amsterdam.
They were seconds away from a first Champions League final since 1996 and with their side set to be picked apart in the summer, they are unlikely to have a better chance of winning European football’s premier club competition than this.
Boss Erik Ten Hag said: “I am very proud of this team and that they have made it this far and the developments in the team. We have had a great run.
“I said it in the dressing room, for today and tomorrow we can find no words.
“We will have to deal with it, we will have to regain our composure, we owe that to ourselves and our fans. We have had a great season.
“I told the players that it was hard to find the words and that football is cruel.
“This is the cruel side that we have to endure tonight. We have to go on, when you are so close, the players realise that and you need time to get that sorted out.”
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