Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has revealed he was shocked to learn that Ajax will be given a weekend off domestic football in order to prepare for the upcoming Champions League semi-final.
The Amsterdam giants are in the last four of Europe’s most prestigious club competition and as a result, will not have to participate in the Eredivisie following a recent decision by Dutch officials.
The aim is to give Ajax the best chance to prepare for the game against Tottenham after a tiring season.
It is not just Ajax and their opponents that will be given the gameweek off; an entire round of fixtures will be postponed.
Speaking about the decision, Rose said as quoted by The Sun: “I could not believe it when I heard that is what the Dutch are doing.
“When you get to this stage of the season, a bit of fatigue kicks in and every little helps.
“It would be nice if the people in England took a similar stance and helped us.”
What the Eredivisie are doing for Ajax is brilliant and really shows how much they want their representatives to bring home the trophy.
Ajax have not won the competition since 1995 and clearly every measure that could feasibly be taken to help the giants win, is being taken.
It is something that may well help Ajax topple Tottenham, who will be in action against West Ham United on Saturday before their meeting with the Dutch side the following Tuesday.
Liverpool have it slightly better than their Premier League rivals as they take on Huddersfield Town on Friday, before meeting Barcelona on the Wednesday.