Blind on Spurs loss: ‘I don’t know how to recover from this’

Daley Blind admits Ajax’s loss to Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals will be hard to recover from.

Spurs looked to be heading out at the semi-final stage at the hands of Ajax as they trailed 3-0 on aggregate at half-time of the second leg in Amsterdam.

But Lucas Moura stepped into the limelight with three goals, clinching his hat-trick and an away-goals win for his side in the dying seconds of stoppage time.

The manner of defeat was slightly cruel on Ajax and Blind admits that their exit from the competition “hurts”.

“I don’t know how to recover from this,” De Ligt told Veronica. “I guess everyone has their own way, but we have to be back on track by Sunday [for their penultimate Eredivisie game against Utrecht].

“I’m glad we will be having another match soon. It hurts. Yesterday [Liverpool’s win over┬áBarcelona] we’ve seen that everything is possible. We told ourselves that.

“We had a great opponent with lots of qualities. We delivered a lot of passion. After the 2-2 we restored the match. Hakim [Ziyech] had two good opportunities. It’s such a shame he couldn’t finish it.

“This match should have lasted 10 fewer seconds. They didn’t get many chances after the 2-2, but they scored anyway and that’s devastating.

“I’m extremely proud to be part of this team. We’ve shown fantastic stuff and I think the whole world enjoyed it, but it’s a bit too early for us to think like that.

“Anyway, we have to go on. We have to win another trophy with this team. We’re going to┬ámake sure the season ends in a fantastic way.”


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