Cristiano Ronaldo's dream of securing a fourth consecutive and sixth career Champions League title this season came crashing to an end on Tuesday after Ajax stunned Juventus in Turin to knock the Italian side out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.
"Juventus are different to Real Madrid, we already discussed that before the first leg, as they have a different style of football".
Barcelona-bound midfielder De Jong - who will join the LaLiga giants next season - said it was more hard for Ajax in Madrid, having lost the opening leg 2-1 to the three-time reigning champions.
"Ajax deserved to qualify and you saw that on the pitch", said Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who said Allegri would be continuing as coach.
The goals ended Messi's freaky scoring drought in Champions League quarter-finals that had reached 12 matches dating back to 2013.
Their star players were gradually picked off by the era's biggest clubs, but they still managed to return to the final the following year and the semi-finals the season after.
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"That would be special, but at the same time it doesn't matter to me who we play".
For Juventus, it's a setback for the club backed by the billionaire Agnelli family, whose purchase of Ronaldo previous year was seen as in part driven by a desire to win the competition.
"I know it will not be easy for the Old ladies".
Ajax, meanwhile, reached their first semi-final since 1997. AEK were brushed aside in Athens, Real met the same fate in Madrid and now Juventus.
Central defender De Ligt, the Ajax captain at just 19 years of age, headed the victor in a 2-1 victory in Turin - the Amsterdam club winning 3-2 on aggregate. De Ligt, his central-defensive partner and 10 years his junior, is far more comfortable wearing the armband than Blind. Up against one of the game's best strikers in Ronaldo and captain of a young, relatively inexperienced team playing in one of the toughest venues in Europe, he once again shone like a beacon. If we play well, we can overcome any limit.
Philippe Coutinho finished off a therapeutic win for the Catalans, after three quarter-final failures in a row, by curling into the top corner in the second half.
"It is very hard to play against our style of football, as we have very technically-gifted players and it's tough to press us".