Ajax, in the knockout stage, destroyed Real Madrid the most successful Champions league club in history. Ronaldo reminded everyone on his return from injury,that he is the topdog in the Uefa champions league by scoring the only goal in the 1-1 away draw in Holland.
its too close to call as the young boys go up against the more experienced Juventus lads, who wins ? The second leg (knockout matches) of both teams, Ajax dispatching the defending champion in style while Juventus rolled over the Atletico Madrid guys in a masterclass says so much about what is expected tonight.. we cant wait, the winner of this clash will play the winner of the all English clash between Tottenham / Manchester City
Juventus: Szczęsny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Emre Can, Pjanić, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Kean, Ronaldo
Out: Mandžukić (knee), Chiellini (calf), Cáceres (thigh), Perin (shoulder)
Doubtful: Douglas Costa (thigh)
Misses next match if booked: Bernardeschi, Matuidi
Ajax: Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Mazraoui; Schöne, Van de Beek, De Jong; Ziyech, Tadić, Neres
Out: Bandé (calf), Tagliafico (suspended)
Doubtful: De Jong (hamstring)
Misses next match if booked: Blind, De Jong, De Ligt, Schöne, Van de Beek, Ziyech
Ronaldo v De Ligt: Matthijs de Ligt gave another solid showing in the first leg but could not prevent Ronaldo scoring with his first real opening. “Ronaldo is a predator in the box,” the 19-year-old centre-back said. “He sees an opportunity, just a tiny gap, and he is on it incredibly quickly.” De Ligt is a fast learner; if he can keep CR7 quiet for 90 minutes, Ajax will have a much bigger chance of reaching the last four.
Last game: SPAL 2-1 Juventus (Saturday)
- Having been unbeaten in 26 Serie A away games over 16 months, Juventus have now lost two of their last three.
Last game: Ajax 6-2 Excelsior (Saturday)
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar became Ajax’s oldest Eredivisie hat-trick scorer aged 35 years and 244 days.
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
The first leg doesn’t count for anything. This is now a one-off game and we need to play with the same attitude as we did against Atlético. We need to have a lot of respect for Ajax in defence and to be precise in our play.
I still have to decide who starts in attack: it could be Dybala or Kean, or neither of them. If one of Kean and Dybala plays, then one of De Sciglio and Cancelo will be left out. It depends what I decide to go with.
Erik ten Hag, Ajax coach
Juventus are favourites, especially after the Amsterdam result. If we play well, we can overcome any obstacle, though. I’m confident because of the way we are playing and training.
Allegri is very knowledgeable and has no doubt thought of a different way to approach this game compared with last week. We need to improve our tactical plan. We won’t put a man on Cristiano Ronaldo, though.