TIME FOR A REVENGE. Certainly the most important clash between the two clubs took place in Rome in 1996. Then, in the grand final of the Champions League, Juventus defeated the team from Amsterdam after a dramatic match and penalty shoot-out. Ajax and Juventus played 12 times in European competitions. The balance is beneficial for players from Turin who have won six times, four skirmishes ended in draws, and Ajax twice. Will Cristiano Ronaldo recovering help the “Old Lady” achieve a good result in the first quarter-final clash?
- Ajax – Erick this Hag can boast of showing the youngest eleven from all teams in the Champions League games. The average age is 24 years and 202 days. Big season played by Dusan Tadic, who scored six goals and three assists in this competition, and only Lionel Messi was involved in more goals (11). We must play with Juventus in our style. The most important thing is the result. We only think about the match with Bianconeri. Juventus is an experienced team and can implement different strategies. This will be another big obstacle to overcome after Bayern and Real. We will play as usual and we will have to be good at reading the game – said the Ajax trainer. Carel Eiting is injured, while Noussair Mazroaui pauses for yellow cards.
- Juventus – how much the “Old Lady” loses on quality in the defensive without Giorgio Chiellini could be seen even in the match with Milan (1: 2). The lack of this player in Amsterdam will be a big problem. In addition, Emre Can will not play due to injury. However, the following statement about Cristiano Ronaldo by Massimiliano Allegri strongly calmed down the fans of this team: He trained with the band and is at our disposal. If nothing happens before, it will play in the eleven. In addition, the coach of the Italian champions added about the meeting awaiting his players: It will be a completely different match. We made mistakes in Madrid and learned from it. We must get a down payment in the first match. Ajax only lost once, with Real Madrid, in their last twenty home matches.
Forecast: Ajax has lost only one of the sixteen previous matches in the Champions League. The only flop is the encounter with Real (1: 2) in the first match of the 1/8 final of the current competition. In addition, the team from Amsterdam scored at least one goal in twelve consecutive matches in front of their own audience in the Champions League. What’s more Ajax scored a goal or more in every home match for a stake this season (which consists of 23 matches)! We must be sharp, precise and elemental. I expect an open game. It is unlikely that the match will end with a goalless draw – the words of the Italian coach Juve. The “Old Lady” scored at least one goal in 7 of the last 8 clashes in the Champions League. I expect that the words of the guest trainer will be confirmed in reality and see the goals in this competition. Proposed types for this match: both teams will score – YES (odds 1.74) / over 2.5 goals (odds 2.02).