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They will not be back yet …? That’s what some football supporters think before the round of 16 of the Champions League. Real Madrid has won the competition over the past three years, making it the absolute number one on the continent. In this season, however, much is different. Success coach Zinedine Zidane has resigned and five-time world footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has sought a new challenge in Turin. These two club legends are missing the club course and the weak Hin series suggests that the era of the Royal thus seemingly ended. Just in time for the start of the knockout phase, however, the Madrilenians seem to regain their form. With the derby win over Atletico at the weekend, Santiago Solari’s team was able to gain a lot of confidence ahead of Wednesday’s game. Ajax Amsterdam is the opponent of Real Madrid and the odds for a tip on the Spaniards have fallen increasingly in recent weeks.
Of course, this is mainly due to the rising form of the Iberians. On the other hand, Ajax also weakened a bit in the league last week and suffered, among other things, a surprising 0: 1 defeat at Heracles Almelo on the weekend. Will the Dutch catch again in their game of the year against the defending champion? That will be the big question when it comes to forecasting the outcome between Ajax Amsterdam and Real Madrid. Anyway, the favorite position is indisputable and the guests are given a 50% chance of winning the bookmakers’ odds, which is certainly not completely outlandish. On Wednesday at 20:00 clock the kick-off in the Dutch capital and both teams will try to bring themselves into a good starting position for the return leg one month later.
For the first time in a long time, Ajax Amsterdam has been back on the European football map for the first time since entering the Europa League last season. The achievements in the preliminary round of the premier class in the current season did the rest to the fact that the Dutch are now again a dreaded opponent and also Real Madrid does not label this lot by no means as a bye. Erik ten Hag is the father of success and current coach at the club. He is in second place with his team in the Eredivise and only suffered a big blow in the title race last weekend. The table finished second at Heracles Almelo with 0: 1, so the gap to top leader Eindhoven has grown to six. The question of whether the players were already in the head in Champions League crashes against Real, inevitably came up, but was also denied by all parties as a matter of course. In any case, it was not that Ajax showed one of the weaker games. Erik the Hag left his first chapel on the leash, which revealed unfamiliar weaknesses in the degree that day. 22 shots and 20 corners were unsuccessful.
To judge this game as representative of the quality of the home side would certainly be wrong. The game against the champions in the Champions League has a completely unique character and all players are eager to prove themselves against the (still) best team on the continent. Which eleven players get this chance is still open. Compared to the weekend, some changes are possible. It is very likely that Noussair Mazraoui, the scorer of the decisive goal against Benfica in the group stage, will return to the back four. Even the Dane Kasper Dolberg, who came on the weekend, is an option for the starting eleven. Whether for him Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would have to give way or the Dutch act with a courageous two-man tip, will show. Another man to focus on Wednesday is Frenkie de Jong, the super talent of Ajax. The change of the 21-year-old in the summer to FC Barcelona for 75 million euros (plus bonuses) is decided thing and the expectations of the midfield star has not just fallen. He is responsible for the creativity in the headquarters together with Lasse Schöne, but above all he will be defensively in demand against Madrid. All in all, the young and talented team from the Netherlands are facing a great test of endurance, to which the entire club is happy with positive pressure and no pressure.
Real Madrid :
Real Madrid seems to be on the right track this season. At least by the 3-1 in the derby at the weekend at Atletico and the subsequent draw of FC Barcelona at Bilbao, the championship fight in La Liga is open again. Only six counters separate the two arch rivals in Spain. In addition, Real has given the 1-1 at Camp Nou a good starting position for the semi-finals in the Copa del Rey. The Royals seem to be in good shape in the heat of the season and are therefore one of the big favorites in the Champions League. In the role of the hunted feels the capital club always well, after all, one has the claim to be the best and largest club in the world in the Madrid. That the challenge to maintain this status even without Ronaldo and Zidane, will be a great, was already clear before the beginning of the season. Under Santiago Solari, the star ensemble has now apparently caught. With Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Vice World Champion Modric, Benzema, Bale or Vazquez the potential in the squad is still terrific, so it would have been wrong to write off the white ballet too early.
After the performance improved steadily in 2019, the 3-1 win at Atletico was not only an important step forward in terms of earnings. With the strongest home team in La Liga and an eerily atmospheric atmosphere, Real showed an extremely mature, serene and ice-cold performance. This is exactly what the Madrilenians have honored in recent years. Real Madrid want to appear so confident again against Ajax Amsterdam and a recommendation for an away win is just meaningful if this succeeds the guests. Especially during the current English weeks, the Spaniards would certainly be happy if they can explain everything in the first leg.
Personnel there is no reason to make major changes in the grid after the strong performance in the capital derby. Gareth Bale, who has beaten Atletico as a joker, might be a candidate to think about in the starting lineup. However, youngster Junior Vinicius has done very well in the past as well, including taking the penalty to make it 2-1. In such an important game but then speaks but the experience rather for the Welshman.
Ajax vs Real Madrid head to head matches
04.12.12 CL Real Madrid Ajax 4 : 1
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