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The average age of Ajax’s victorious Europa League semi-final side is giving people flashbacks to 1995

The Ajax side that finished the 4-1 Europa League semi-final win against Lyon had an average age of just 20, reminiscent of Louis van Gaal's great 1995 side

What do the current Ajax side and Louis van Gaal’s 1995 squad have in common?

For one, they both contain a Kluivert, with Justin following in his dad Patrick’s footsteps and scoring goals in Amsterdam.

They did kits better in the old days, didn’t they?

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They did kits better in the old days, didn’t they?

But that’s not where the comparisons stop. Ajax finished their thumping Europa League first leg win over Lyon a few weeks ago with an average age of 20.

Matthijs de Ligt and Justin Kluivert are both still only 17, while Davinson Sanchez, Jairo Riedewald, Donny van de Beek and David Neres are yet to hit the age of 21.

Goalscorers Bertrand Traore, Kasper Dolberg and Amin Younes are 21, 19 and 23 respectively.

Young, Danish and dangerous in front of goal

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Young, Danish and dangerous in front of goal

Of the starting XI Lasse Schone was the oldest, at 30, with no other player above the age of 25.

The swashbuckling manner in which Lyon have progressed to the Europa League final bares similarities to the side of ’95.

Louis van Gaal’s squad is arguably one of the greatest ever, winning the European Cup and going the entire Eredivisie season undefeated.

How many millions would these lot go for these days?

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How many millions would these lot go for these days?

A whole host of youngsters, including Edwin van der Sar, the De Boer brothers, Edgar Davids, Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf, went on to have trophy-laden careers across Europe.

Only time will tell whether the current Ajax side can repeat the class of ’95’s heroics, however a cursory search on Google shows the majority are already linked with moves to some of Europe’s biggest sides.

We’d be smiling if we were as good as Sanchez

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We’d be smiling if we were as good as Sanchez

Colombian centre-back Sanchez is reportedly high up on Barcelona’s summer shopping list having impressed since arriving from Atletico Nacional last summer.

Danish striker Dolberg can probably have his pick of clubs after scoring 20 goals for Ajax in his first full season of senior football.

And, despite a shaky international debut, the fact De Ligt is already starting for club and country before the age of 18 is likely to have scouts flocking to the Amsterdam Arena.

The future’s bright, the future’s Ajax.