Mauricio Pochettino is the latest manager to fall victim to the Ajax curse

Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg

The last seconds of the Champions League semi-final against Ajax will be remembered as one of Tottenham's greatest moments under Mauricio Pochettino.

In many ways, it epitomised Tottenham's mantra under the Argentine: battling against the odds and achieving more than anyone could have ever expected of them. 

However, the 2019/20 proved a challenge too far and he was ultimately sacked on Tuesday night. 

Within 12 hours, Spurs confirmed Jose Mourinho's appointment as his successor. 

Despite Spurs' poor results - no team has ever made the top four with such a low points total (14) after 12 games - both announcements came as a huge shock. 

The timing was a little strange too, with Daniel Levy having had the entirety of the international break but choosing to wield his axe four days before the trip to West Ham. 

Perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised after all, though, as something of a theme is developing this season. 

Pochettino becomes the latest manager who faced Ajax in the Champions League last term to lose his job. 

In fact, every team the Dutch champions faced in Europe in 2018/19 now have a new head coach at the helm. 

The Ajax curse 

You've heard of the Drake curse and the (somewhat self-inflicted) Arsenal captaincy curse - now it seems there are dark forces at play whenever teams head to the Johann Cruyff arena. 

In the group stages, they faced AEK Athens, Benfica and Bayern Munich. Marinos Ouzounidis resigned, while Rui Vitória and Niko Kovac have both since been sacked. 

Then came the knockout stages. Ajax's surprise triumph over Real Madrid cost Santiago Solari his job within six days. 

Juventus followed in the quarter-finals, the Bianconeri once again coming up short in Europe causing Max Allegri to leave at the end of the season, to be replaced with Maurizio Sarri. 

Chelsea FC v AFC Ajax: Group H - UEFA Champions League

Onto the last four, where Erik ten Hag went head-to-head with Pochettino. The Spurs boss came out on top on the night, but he's the latest to fall victim to whatever voodoo Ajax perform during the Champions League anthem. 

Liverpool fans must be counting their lucky stars that it was Tottenham who made it to the final, not Ajax - or Jurgen Klopp might have been heading to the job centre. 

This season, Ajax have been drawn in Group H with Lille, Valencia, and Chelsea. Marcelino has already moved on from Valencia, though that was shortly before their encounter with the Dutch doom-mongers. Frank Lampard, be very, very careful. 

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