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Frenkie de Jong says Ajax’s UCL run was like a fairytale with an unhappy ending

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The Dutch side crashed out to Tottenham

Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Frenkie de Jong joined Barcelona in tasting semi-final defeat in the Champions League this week as his Ajax side were knocked out by Tottenham on away goals.

The Dutch giants looked to be heading for the final after going 3-0 up on aggregate, but Lucas Moura scored a second-half hat-trick to send Spurs through.

“I think we deserved to reach the final, given the way we played throughout the tournament and also in the first half tonight. In saying that, Spurs also earned their right with that second-half performance

”I think everyone enjoyed what we did in the Champions League this season, it was like a fairytale. Unfortunately, it was one with an unhappy ending. So disappointing to give it away in the last few seconds.

”We showed in patches what we were capable of. But in the second half they caused us a lot of problems. It is indeed the third tie in a row in which we’ve won away but failed to do so at home. I don’t really know why.

”We always try to play the same, home or away. And if we’d kept up our first-half performance we could definitely have won this evening.”

Source | Goal

Ajax enjoyed a brilliant run in Europe’s top competition, knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus along the way before finally coming up short against Spurs.

De Jong will move to Barcelona in the summer, and the team looks set to be broken up with a number of other players rumoured to be on the move.