Ajax aims to end English hoodoo, Son will be missed - Champions League in Opta numbers

Using Opta data, we take a look at the best statistics ahead of Tottenham's Champions League semifinal clash with Ajax.

Published : Apr 30, 2019 19:51 IST

Tottenham and Ajax go head-to-head on Tuesday in what promises to be an enthralling Champions League semifinal.

An unlikely pairing considering the European heavyweights that have dropped out of the competition – with Ajax responsible for two shocks in knocking out Real Madrid and Juventus – Mauricio Pochettino's and Erik ten Hag's sides will meet at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the reverse fixture in Amsterdam on May 8.

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Tottenham has had to overcome adversity, with star man Harry Kane out injured, while Son Heung-min is going to miss the first leg of the semifinal through suspension.

Barcelona or Liverpool will await the winner at Wanda Metripolitano on June 1, and here we look at some of the Opta facts ahead of the tie.

1 - Ajax has only won one of its previous six meetings with English opposition in the Champions League. This victory came against Manchester City in October 2012.

2 -Tottenham has won both of its previous meetings with Ajax in all competitions, winning both legs in the first round of the 1981-82 Cup Winners' Cup (3-1 away, 3-0 at home).

12 - Son is sure to be a big miss for Spurs on Tuesday. His brace against City in the quarterfinals made him the highest Asian goalscorer in Champions League history with 12 goals in total.

40 - Tottenham is aiming to become the 40th different side to reach the final of Europe's elite club competition, and the eighth English side. Chelsea was the last team to make its debut in the final in 2008.

22 - It has been 22 years since Ajax last appeared in a Champions League semifinal. It lost to Juventus in the 1996-97 edition of the tournament.

8 - Tottenham has won eight of its last 10 Champions League home games, including each of the last four in a row. It has also kept a clean sheet in each of its last three.

3 - Ajax has won its last three away games in the Champions League, as many as it has in its previous 31 on the road in the competition.

24 - The average age of Ajax's starting XI in the Champions League this season has been 24 years and 257 days – the youngest of any of the semifinalists, and second youngest of all 32 teams to take part in the competition this season.

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