Tottenham vs Ajax: Eredivisie has cancelled the Ajax, as well as the Dutch league fixtures to accommodate Champions League clash.
Ajax will take on Tottenham in the semifinal of the Champions League this season.
The Dutch side continues on a dreamy run in the European tournament, as Ajax overcame the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus to reach the final four of the Champions League.
Tottenham, too, defied the odds as they beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to set up a semifinal clash with the Dutch club.
And now, the Dutch league, Eredivisie, has taken an extreme step to assure proper rest for Ajax as they chase their first Champions League title in 24 years.
Tottenham vs Ajax: Eredivisie cancels Dutch League fixtures:
The sides take on each other at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 30 for the first leg of the tie.
However, Ajax were scheduled to play against De Graafschap on April 28 in the league. Eredivisie has now moved the fixture to May 15, meaning that it would be their last match of the season.
The Dutch league has also moved the fixtures of all the other clubs, which were scheduled to take place on the same weekend.
“Not only Ajax, but all Dutch football benefits from this,” a statement from the Eredivisie read.
The Eredivisie also provided the reason behind the change in all the fixtures for the weekend.
“We are aware that it is impossible to satisfy everyone, but a knot must be made.
“There can be no question of full satisfaction because this is ultimately not pleasant for any of the people involved. What is really nice is the reason why this was necessary: the semi-final place of Ajax in the Champions League.
That would mean that only this match was played after 12 May,” Eric Gudde, the football director for the Dutch league, said.
“Clubs and fans deserve a fair and as exciting as possible end to the competition, hence the starting point of playing simultaneously on the last two match days,” he added.
How Twitter reacted..
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) April 18, 2019
The Eredivisie have postponed a whole weekend of fixtures, just to ensure Ajax have sufficient rest and preparation before their trip to Spurs.
All the teams in the Dutch league have agreed to do so to help Ajax. pic.twitter.com/kK9ts72Ewb
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) April 19, 2019
The second leg of the tie will take place on May 8.