Ajax’s Champions League hopes have been boosted after the Dutch FA cancelled an entire weekend of Eredivisie fixtures, ahead of their semi-final clash with Tottenham.
The Amsterdam club progressed to the last four for the first time since 1997 on Tuesday night, having beaten Italian champions Juventus 3-2 on aggregate.
As a result of the changes, Ajax will now have a week of rest prior to the first leg in North London on April 30. Ajax were originally scheduled to play De Graafschap on Sunday 28 April, but that fixture alongside a whole weekend of Eredivisie fixtures have now been moved.
Ajax are currently competing on three fronts, and the KNVB said in a statement on their website that the move was for ‘player welfare’ and not to gain an advantage over their Premier League opponents.
Ajax currently lead the Eredivisie on goal difference from PSV Eindhoven, whilst Erik ten Hag’s side will face Willem II in the final of the Dutch Cup.