Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has said his side could not “shut down” in their semi-final defeat to Tottenham in a Champions League tie on Wednesday.
Spurs produced a stunning comeback when Lucas Moura stroke in the 96th-minute to hand his side a spot in the final.
The match ended 3-0 in Spurs favour, 3-3 on aggregate with Tottenham moving to the final on away goal.
Speaking after the team threw away a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, Ten Hag, however, said he is proud of the boys.
“We tried to shut the game down and we didn’t manage,” admitted Ten Hag.
“I told the players it is very hard to find the right words in a moment like this and that football is cruel.
“We have to endure the cruel side tonight but we have to go on.
“The Champions League final is so unique and the players all realise that very well so you need time to get over it, but we have to get back on track on Sunday.”
Ajax have already won the Dutch Cup this season and can still complete a domestic double before the end of the campaign.
They are toe-toe with PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Eredivisie heading into the final two matches.
The side will play Utrecht at home on Sunday, meaning there is little time to wallow in this defeat.
“We will have to deal with this and regain composure,” he added.
“We owe it to ourselves and the fans. We have had a great season, we have one prize and this group of players is so resilient. We will be there on the pitch on Sunday.”