Ajax will face Juventus at Johan Cruijff Arena, in Amsterdam, in the Champions League Quarter-Finals first leg. Ajax against Juventus is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Ajax this season already made the biggest sensation knocking out Real Madrid out off Champions League. After 3 titles in a row in that tournament, Real was humiliated by young and perspective Dutch club. In total, Ajax also has all the chances to fight for the treble this year. Since the end of the Eredivisie, 5 games are left, and Ajax have the same points as PSV, however, Sons of the Gods have better goals difference. Moreover, after winning against Feyernoord they are strong favorites to take the KNVB Beker Trophy. As a result, Ajax should be strong at final spurt this season and fight for every match, point, and ball.
This year, Ajax is only showing its best. They have already sold one of the main defensive midfielders of the team, which will join Barcelona this summer for 75m Euros. Frankie de Jong should be a great replacement and build competition for Sergio Busquets. Moreover, many other players can go to the top clubs since the season strongly opened their strengths. Ajax is undefeated in 15 of their last 16 games in UEFA Champions League.
Unfortunately, Carel Eiring and Hassane Bande will miss this important match due to injuries. Ajax is very strong this season at shooting from direct free kicks, attacking set pieces, attacking down the wings and creating scoring chances. However, they are facing weaknesses at stopping opponents from creating chances, defending counter attacks and avoiding individual errors.
Juventus includes veterans who play very confident and stable football. We can almost call them winners of Serie A of 2018/19 season. 7 games before the end of the season in Serie A they have 20 points difference with Napoli. They look great, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo ahead. Ronaldo came to the club to win the Champions League trophy, so he made everything to overtake Atletico Madrid after losing the first match against them. This season Juve have all chances of winning the Champions League since the last 3 years trophy have been won by the team with Ronaldo in the lineup, although this time it’s definitely not Real Madrid.
Juventus policy is to join sometimes players on a free transfer, and that is working perfectly for the past years. Next big signing is Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal for free, with a five-year deal. He will be only one Englishman players who play for the national team but contracted not in the Domestic league.
Unfortunately, Cristiano is still under question, if he will join the club by playing against Ajax. Moreover, A. Barzagli, M. Cereces, J. Cuadrado and M. Perin will miss the match for sure due to injuries. The Zebras are very strong at finishing scoring chances, attacking set pieces, attacking down the wings and defending set pieces.
Last time these teams met at Europe League Playoffs in the year 2010. That time Juventus won in Amsterdam with 2:1 result, and have drawn the game in Turin with 0:0. Juventus had players like F. Melo, D. Trezeguet, A. Del Piero, so only G. Chiellini is still Juventus player since those times.