Ajax travels to European giants Juventus tonight to take one more crack at keeping the fairy tale run in the Champions League alive.
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Match preview ✅
Travelling abroad will hold no fears for Ajax after their stunning 4-1 second-leg win over Real Madrid in the Spanish capital in the previous round. But Juventus can call upon memories of their remarkable 3-0 second-leg win over Atletico Madrid - overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit - that they produced in order to claim their place in the last eight.
Ajax has thrilled the world by getting this far, but Juventus' experience and know-how of these big occasions might be decisive. Cristiano Ronaldo is on a personal mission to claim this trophy with the Serie A giants, having already collected winners' medals with Real and Manchester United.
Ajax has to score at least once to stand any chance of qualifying at Juve's expense. This situation may not call for all-out attack from the start, but at some stage, they'll almost certainly have to take risks to keep their Champions League hopes alive. This might suit Juve, who would advance with a 0-0 draw, who could control the tempo at their own pace.
Team news 🌟
Juventus should be at full strength. Manager Max Allegri rested several first-teamers for Juve's 2-1 defeat at SPAL on Saturday. Experienced duo Mario Mandzukic & Giorgio Chiellini are the two major doubts.
Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong is an injury doubt. He was taken off as a precaution in the first-half of Ajax's 6-2 win over Excelsior at the weekend after feeling a minor hamstring problem. Otherwise, the visitors will be close to full strength aside from the suspension of regular goal-scoring fullback Nicolas Tagliafico.
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