Erik Ten Hag said that his side need no external motivation ahead of their Champions League semifinals clash against Tottenham.

“Everyone knows what it is about. It is the most important match for Ajax in this arena. We don’t need any external motivation,” said the Ajax manager.

Ten Hag added that making the finals represents a chance for Ajax to prove their method. 

“A few people who knew this level of success said it would still be possible for a Dutch team to reach the Champions League final; people like Johan Cruyff, Louis van Gaal and [Ajax director] Marc Overmars. It’s up to us tomorrow to prove them right. But I don’t live in the past, I live in the now, and that is important. The only thing we focus on is tomorrow’s match. But you cannot expect at the start of the season to be sitting here in the semi-finals of the Champions League, that is true.”