Frenkie De Jong has said that Barcelona told him to eliminate Real Madrid from the Champions League, something the midfielder did on Tuesday evening.
Heading into this tie, Madrid had lost back-to-back defeats to Barcelona but they held the advantage over Ajax having won the first leg 2-1 in Amsterdam.
The game started in frantic style and slightly against the run of play – the visitors broke the deadlock to silence the Santiago Bernabeu through Hakim Ziyech.
10 minutes later and things would go from bad to worse for Madrid as they allowed Ajax to score again and take the lead in the tie, this time through the impressive David Neres, who expertly chipped the ball over Thibaut Courtois.
Former Southampton man Dusan Tadic would then get in on the act as everyone inside the Bernabeu looked shocked and stunned, including those travelling Ajax fans.
Madrid now had to do the unthinkable and their was some hope when Marco Asensio struck with twenty minutes remaining.
But, a superb free-kick from Lasse Schone beat Courtois at his far post and the game was put to bed by the visitors.
Nacho was sent off in stoppage time as Madrid attempted to spring a comeback but it was too little too late and the game ended, thus ending Madrid’s three year reign as European champions.
Speaking after the game, De Jong said to De Telegraaf: “When I signed my contract with Barcelona, they told me to try my hard to eliminate Real Madrid.
“It would be a fantastic achievement for us for sure, it would generate shockwaves in world football and put Ajax back in the mind of everyone at the top level of football.
“Madrid of course are big favourites, especially having won the game in Amsterdam, and have won this competition four times in the past five years.
“We know we will have to be on our game, we know we will have to take our chances but we believe in ourselves – everyone in the Netherlands believes we will progress.”
De Jong will join Barca this summer from Ajax after completing the deal in the January transfer window.