A team that knows they have once chance for glory before some of the players are bought by bigger clubs, gave a much richer club a lesson in football on Tuesday night.
Ajax cleaned up on their visit to London, winning the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
So far on their travels in this competition, the young, enthusiastic and skilful Dutch side have won away from home against Real Madrid, Juventus, Tottenham, Dynamo Kiev, Basel and Schalke. Their home form when playing in Holland is not as good and that must give some hope to Tottenham, who will have Son Heung-min back in action for the second leg next week.
Spurs were fortunate to come out of the first leg only one goal behind. A well crafted goal scored in the 15th minute by Donny Van de Beek. Ajax came close to scoring a second goal thirteen minutes from time when Neres Campos hit the post.
The tie is not over yet. While Ajax were awarded plenty of rest prior to the first leg, they do have to play the Dutch Cup final this weekend before the second leg of the Champions League semi-final on May 8th.
Tottenham Hotspur are still very much in this tie. They have every chance of scoring an away goal. Their problem will be managing the pace of the enthusiastic Ajax players. Some Spurs players appear to be running on empty.