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Experience helped propel Ajax to semifinals

Ajax Amsterdam’s unexpected march to the Champions League semifinals has done much to highlight the dynamic young talent at the club, but it was their decision to add more experience to the team that has proven key to their success.Ajax, who visit Tottenham Hotspur in Tuesday’s semifinal first leg and are chasing a domestic league and cup double, have always been a club prepared to field young players, but they made a conscious decision last year to inject more experience into the team.Successfully fusing the two is what has proven the catalyst for a sensational season for the Dutch club, according to coach Erik ten Hag, who has been a quiet force driving the team to victories over Juventus and Real Madrid this season.

“Marc Overmars and I made an analysis towards the end of last season. Our conclusion was that we lacked players in their mid-20s. We lacked experience,” he said.Ajax brought back Daley Blind, 29, from Manchester United and signed Dusan Tadic, 30, from Southampton.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

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