Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri hailed Ajax and Frenkie De Jong after seeing his side battle to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Amsterdam.
“De Jong is the real source of their game,” Allegri said on uefa.com.
“We tried to control him with (Rodrigo) Bentancur in the early stages but, when he understood that, he moved deeper, and the forwards had to work hard on him. He played very well.
“Ajax have great qualities. They keep the ball well even when there are no spaces. I think we defended well even if we had to be better when we won the ball in midfield.
“We suffered after their goal because we were a bit shocked to concede immediately after the break but we defended well and finished the game better.”