Champions League, Quarterfinals 1st Leg
When: April 11, 2019, 12:30 AM, IST
Where: AmsterdamArena (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
AJA vs JUV Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Dutch giants Ajax welcome the mighty Serie A champions Juventus to the AmsterdamArena (Johan Cruijff ArenA) for the 1st Leg Champions League quarterfinal match at AmsterdamArena (Johan Cruijff ArenA), in Amsterdam, on Wednesday night (IST).
Ajax used to be one of the top teams in Europe. They have a great European pedigree, four-time European Champions, a kind of history some of the so-called current giants of world football can only dream about. Only five clubs have more stars on their crest than Ajax’s four, while their opponents in this match, Juventus, only have two.
But this is a different world, driven by money and the insatiable thirst to achieve success. Money is all that matters. You have it and you can claim to be one of the best football clubs. For a club like Ajax, history can only help so much in getting an overture during the draws.
Take for example Tottenham’s case. They moved to a new stadium and their manager Mauricio Pochettino wasted no time in berating Liverpool.
A different world this is, but whatever happens in the tie against Juventus, Ajax have made a real name for themselves. They may not go all the way to the deep stages of this competition, as they used to, bringing themselves to the cusp of another glorious European chapter, but the match against Real Madrid produced many Deja Vu moments for this proud club and their loyal supporters. It had a comeback, one-touch football, and devastating counter-attacks.
This team just looks a typical rudimentary Ajax unit; a squad full of talented homegrown young players.
But don’t flatter yourself if you are an Ajax fan for this is not the world it used to be. Loyalty is just another word in the dictionary. The road to success, opportunities to carve out a name amongst the legendary players can only be achieved at a few selected football clubs. Ajax are primed to lose a large chunk of their current players to the current giants.
The visitors, meanwhile, are one of the few clubs who can claim to be one of the biggest names in the world football right now. They are the undisputed king of Italy, winning the Scudetto year after year. They are literally strolling every season and the 2018-19 campaign has been even smoother. As things stand in Serie A, a huge 20 points gap can be seen at the top with Juventus enjoying the view, as usual.
So Serie A is almost done and dusted, and now Juve can turn their attention to the trophy they have been craving for so long. It’s the Champions League, the reason why Cristiano Ronaldo was prised away from Real Madrid last summer. Europe is the target for which manager Massimiliano Allegri is making changes to his matchday squad of late.
The Ronaldo effect was seen in the last round after the Old Lady scripted an unthinkable comeback, beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the 2nd leg to overturn the 0-2 1st leg deficit. The hero of the match was none other than the CR7, who scored a hattrick.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Ajax – W W L W W W
Juventus – W W L W W W
AJA vs JUV Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Ajax vs Juventus Team News:
Injured – Carel Eiting is out injured for the hosts.
Suspended – Noussair Mazraoui is suspended.
Questionable – None.
Note: Rasmus Kristensen is the likeliest candidate replacing the suspended Mazraoui in the starting 11.
Key Players – Dusan Tadic, Hakim Ziyech
Injured – Juan Cuadrado remains a long-term absentee for Juventus, while Emre Can and Giorgio Chiellini will be missing this match as well.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t featured since suffering an injury on international duty with Portugal. He is traveling with the squad though and remains in contention. Meanwhile, Andrea Barzagli and Douglas Costa are carrying knock and will be assessed before the match.
Key Players – Miralem Pjanic, Mario Mandzukic
AJA vs JUV Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Ajax– Onana (GK), Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico, Schone, De Jong, Ziyech, Van de Beek, Neres, Tadic
Juventus– Szczesny (GK), Cancelo, Rugani, Bonucci, Sandro, Bentancur, Matuidi, Pjanic, Bernardeschi, Mandzukic, Ronaldo
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Ajax FANTASY PREDICTION:
A score draw is our call.
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