Marc Overmars didn’t believe reaching the Champions League semi-finals was realistic but revealed that Louis van Gaal was more optimistic.

Ajax defeated Juventus 2-1 in Turin to book their place in the last four of the Champions League for the first time since 1997.

Speaking to NOS, Overmars said, “It is actually too good to be true. Before the game, I doubted if we had a chance. Juventus had been given the whole week off to recharge and we play almost every three days. It was a monster job.

“If you take the preliminary rounds, we have played almost twenty extra games. This is extraordinary for Erik (Ten Hag), The staff and the players.

“You first beat Real Madrid and now Juventus – and that too with a certain kind of football that you are proud of. It is extraordinary that you make it to the semi-finals, nobody really thought that would be possible anymore. Except Louis van Gaal perhaps, he said a few months ago: “you can make it to the semifinals”. Then I said: “You are not realistic, that is not possible at all. “

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