We are proud of you boys’ – Kanu to Ajax players’
Kanu lauds Ajax players for their feat in Champions League
Nwankwo Kanu has heaped praises on Ajax players for their feat in this year’s UEFA Champions League aftermath of their exit on Wednesday.
Ajax, who had previously knocked out defending champion Real Madrid and Italian giant Juventus in the round 16 and 8 respectively bottled a 3-goal advantage to be knocked out on aggregate by English side Tottenham Hotspur.
The Erik Ten Haag boys had a week earlier, took one-goal lead away from home to the Johan Cruyff Arena, and were two goals up at half-time in the second leg, but Lucas Moura’s 96th-minute stunner – his third of the night, ended the Eredivisie side incredible run in the Champions League.
Kanu, a member of the team that last won a Champions League trophy for Ajax in 1994-95 season and also second runner-up the following season took to his Twitter handle to laud the Ajax boys.
The former Super Eagles captain wrote: “So close. We will always keep our head up. Proud of you boys. @afcajax.”
Mourinho mocks Ajax philosophy
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho, a Champions League-winning coach with Inter Milan and Porto has questioned Ajax philosophy after losing from a vantage position on Wednesday.
The former United manager said on Beinsports: “Every team grows up, you need that base, you need that philosophy, you need that style of play adapted to the quality of the players.
“Ajax deserve all the credit for that and all the admiration of people like us who love football, and we give them the credit they deserve.
“But football is a sporting battle and in battles you need strategy and to win matches, especially special matches, for special matches you need sometimes not to be tied to your philosophy.
“You need sometimes to go against your philosophies to win a football match and I think if Ajax, in the second half, hide their weaknesses better, but everybody knows their weaknesses, they have to cope with that.”
The Portuguese man explained further, “My thoughts are that we thought Ajax had achieved a certain level of maturity, and they didn’t,”
“They showed in the second half that there is still naivety in that team, and I think that the philosophy lost against the strategy.