Champions League: Van Gaal attacks Ajax players after 3-2 defeat to Tottenham

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Former Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, has criticised Ajax players following their Champions League semi-final second leg 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Lucas Moura netted thrice in the second half of Spurs’ semi-final second leg in Amsterdam to help the Premier League side overturn a 3-0 deficit to reach the final on away goals.

Moura struck twice in three minutes shortly before the hour mark.

The Brazilian then squeezed home the crucial goal in the 96th minute to spark incredible scenes.

But Van Gaal, a former Ajax coach, blamed Erik Ten Hag’s men for making wrong choices in possession of the ball during the match, describing their defeat as “completely unnecessary”.

“It was admirable that Spurs had the courage to never give up and try and do the business, but it was totally unnecessary of Ajax to let it all slip,” Van Gaal was quoted by Mirror UK as saying after the match.

“This defeat was completely unnecessary. At half time there was nothing wrong with a 2-0 lead.

“In the second half, Tottenham took more and more risk and more and more attackers entered the field. Ajax made the wrong choices in possession of the ball in that phase,” he said.

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