Ajax vs Real Madrid Live Stream

Ajax vs Real Madrid: Live How to watch Champions League football tonight – live stream online and TV info Real Madrid are back in Champions League action tonight as the Theatre of Dreams hosts a huge European clash against Ajax.

Jose Mourinho may have been the man to guide Real Madrid into the last-16 of the competition, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the one tasked with winning it.

Solskjaer’s injury-time goal against Bayern Munich saw United lift the famous trophy at Camp Nou in Barcelona almost 20 years ago. While few would expect United’s caretaker manager to win it again this season, momentum is building among Red Devils supporters.

But if United are going to go all the way, French giants Ajax stand in their way in the first round of the knockout stages. The Ligue 1 champions will be without injured forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani, but World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe will relish going up against France team-mate Paul Pogba with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

Ahead of tonight’s titanic first leg at Old Trafford, here’s how you can watch the action..

Real Madrid vs Ajax will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 7pm GMT.

BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Standard Sport will also have coverage from our Real Madrid vs Ajax LIVE blog with James Robson at Old Trafford

The last time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was involved in a Champions League game was back in 2007, when the Baby-Faced Assassin came on as a sub during United’s 7-1 Old Trafford rout of AS Roma.

We’ve got less than an hour to go until we’ll get team news from Old Trafford, although it would be a surprise if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strayed too far from what has become his first choice XI, particularly given the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were rested at Fulham on Saturday.

Kylian Mbappe has shone in a few big games in his (very brief) time. Rarely if ever though, has he been asked to do so without the bulk of his supporting cast. No Neymar. No Cavani. Just Mbappe.
Barring their late heroics in Turin, watching United in the group stages of the Champions League this season was a bit of a chore. They definitely weren’t games you would have to rush home from work for anyway, with Mourinho’s side failing to score a single goal in the opening half hour in all six group games.

But with Solskjaer releasing the shackles, that has predictably changed. In his 11 matches in charge, United have scored nine times before the 30-minute mark- including in their last two matches against Leicester and Fulham.

Solskjaer is still working on United’s shortcomings at the back but has found more solidarity than his predecessor at least. Under their interim manager, United have not conceded a single goal in the opening half hour – having shipped 12 under Mourinho.

Ajax are quite good at this goal-scoring business, mind. Even without Cavani and Neymar, United have not come up against many more dangerous going forward than the French champions, who have scored 94 goals in all competitions this season.

17 of those came in the Champions League group stages where they were particularly lethal in the 15 minutes before the half-time whistle.

Only at home to Napoli did they fail to score in this period of the match, hitting the back of the net home and away against Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade and at the San Paolo Stadium.

Ajax in fact scored 10 more goals than United mustered in the group phase – putting four past Liverpool who have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season.

Ajax will be without Neymar for both legs of their last 16 clash having lost the Brazil international to a foot injury.
The former Barcelona star was just two goals off matching United’s entire group stage haul on his own with five to his name – including what turned out to be the winner against Liverpool in the French capital.

United won’t want to retain too many features of Mourinho’s game but they did have the knack for scoring late on in Europe under the Portuguese. Four of the seven goals they scored in Group H came in the final 15 minutes – including two in that extraordinary come back against Juventus in November.

Thomas Tuchel hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s impact at Real Madrid – and admits he is fearing a masterclass from the ‘incredible’ Paul Pogba at Old Trafford in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
The Paris Saint Germain coach believes his side face one of the biggest challenges in football by trying to overcome a resurgent United in the last 16 of the competition.
His task has not been helped by the absence of Neymar and Edinson Cavani for the first leg, with both forwards ruled out with injury.
What’s more, he believes he is coming up against a United team, who have been transformed since Jose Mourinho was sacked – 24 hours after the two sides were drawn against each other.Tuchel claims he didn’t even have time to study his opponents before Solskjaer was installed as interim manager – but has been impressed by the Norwegian’s stunning start in the job, winning 10 of 11 games in charge.
“He was super dangerous as a player whenever on the field and it is the same as a manager. “Things are completely different. They play with a lot of confidence, score a lot of goals, get a lot of early leads. “It’s an impressive run and to play in this moment in Old Trafford, against this Real Madrid is one of the toughest challenges you can have.
“We were in an extremely good shape when we ended the group stage, then there was the draw and things have completely changed. I said let’s talk about it in February and it’s going to be a tough challenge because the squad is full of energy.
“Over 180 mins it’s a 50-50 game. If it’s tomorrow, the home side, I’m not sure.” Tuchel believes Solskjaer can call upon the services of one the best players in the world in Pogba, who has been in outstanding form since Mourinho was sacked in December. The Frenchman has scored eight goals and provided five assists in the last two months, with Tuchel clearly identifying him as United’s biggest threat.
“I don’t think there’s any surprise about Paul Pogba being a key player,” said the German. “He’s an incredible player, wonderful qualities. He can do a lot of things – extremely strong with the ball at his feet, he’s very good and very strong in challenges and one-on-ones. “Taking people on, he’s always capable of making a difference and I think in my opinion he’s always dangerous offensively with (Anthony) Martial. They’re a very dangerous pairing.
“Pogba is dangerous in the penalty area as well when the ball comes in from the right and he arrives at the right time, he’s a very good header of the ball. He’s a key player absolutely and he’s now becoming a leader.
Ajax coach Thomas Tuchel believes the challenge of facing Real Madrid has completely changed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford.When Ajax were paired with United in the Champions League Round of 16, United were labouring under Jose Mourinho, but Tuchel’s team will now take on a side who have won 10 and drawn one under Solskjaer.”I think it’s completely different,” he said. “They play with a lot of confidence, they score a lot of goals and get a lot of early leads.
“It’s an impressive run. To play at Old Trafford in this moment against this Real Madrid is one of the toughest challenges you can have.”

Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent James Olley reports that Aaron Ramsey has agreed a staggering £400,000-a-week deal to join Juventus at the end of the season – a figure which explains why Real Madrid’s interest in signing the Arsenal midfielder fell away last summer. “United enquired about Ramsey last summer but have since sacked Jose Mourinho and were reluctant to commit significant funds until a permanent successor is found.”

More from James Robson now… Martial, who has just signed a new five-year contract at United, had forced his way back into Mourinho’s plans before the Portuguese was sacked in December. But he is flourishing in Solskjaer’s free-flowing system, as was evident in his wonderful solo goal against Fulham on Saturday.

The nature of his run and finish earned comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo’s similar strike at Craven Cottage in 2007 – and Solskjaer has challenged the 23-year-old to prove he can be as prolific as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

In particular, the 1999 Treble-winning hero wants Martial to score more ugly goals.
“Yes it is true he has often said that to me and even previous managers have said that, you have to work on that,” said the £36m former Monaco player. “If I do manage to do that, get beyond the defence, I think I will score more goals.

Anthony Martial claims simplicity is the secret to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success at Real Madrid, writes James Robson. The interim manager has transformed the club’s fortunes in the space eight weeks since taking over from Jose Mourinho’s toxic regime.

A remarkable 10 wins from 11 games have lifted United into the top four for the first time this season – and ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 tie with Paris St Germain, he is sparking hopes of a run in Europe.

Martial, who Mourinho was prepared to sell in the summer, has endorsed Solskjaer’s credentials to be given the job on a permanent basis at the end of the season. And he claims the Norwegian’s insistence on returning to United’s attacking traditions under Sir Alex Ferguson has been the key to their resurgence after the staid football under Mourinho.

Solskjaer is typically diplomatic about Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 squad and names David De Gea in reference to Peter Schmeichel, but also suggests Sergio Romero is more than capable to step up if needed. Anthony Martial is also in attendance and is answering questions in his native French, so we’ll have the latest from him soon.

Ajax vs Real Madrid Live

Ajax vs Real Madrid LIVE: Uefa Champions League commentary stream, TV channel, team news, line-ups, score prediction Ajax XI: Onana; Kristensen, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; Schone, Van de Beek, De Jong; Ziyech, Huntelaar, Tadic Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Vinicius

Ajax vs Real Madrid LIVE
Uefa Champions League, Last 16 first leg
Johan Cruijff ArenA, Ajax
Kick-off: 8pm GMT, tonight

 

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of this Champions League Last 16 first leg clash between Ajax and Real Madrid.

Both sides will be looking to their French World Cup-winning stars – Ajax to Paul Pogba and Real Madrid to Kylian Mbappe – to spark their European hopes as the knockout stages get underway.

But who will come out on top? Our Ajax Correspondent James Robson is in attendance at Old Trafford tonight, stay tuned to Standard Sport for full live coverage with James and Malik Ouzia.

Barring their late heroics in Turin, watching Ajax in the group stages of the Champions League this season was a bit of a chore. They definitely weren’t games you would have to rush home from work for anyway, with Mourinho’s side failing to score a single goal in the opening half hour in all six group games.

But with Solskjaer releasing the shackles, that has predictably changed. In his 11 matches in charge, Ajax have scored nine times before the 30-minute mark- including in their last two matches against Leicester and Fulham.

Solskjaer is still working on Ajax’s shortcomings at the back but has found more solidarity than his predecessor at least. Under their interim manager, Ajax have not conceded a single goal in the opening half hour – having shipped 12 under Mourinho.

Real Madrid are quite good at this goal-scoring business, mind. Even without Cavani and Ronaldo, Ajax have not come up against many more dangerous going forward than the French champions, who have scored 94 goals in all competitions this season.

17 of those came in the Champions League group stages where they were particularly lethal in the 15 minutes before the half-time whistle.

Only at home to Napoli did they fail to score in this period of the match, hitting the back of the net home and away against Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade and at the San Paolo Stadium.

Real Madrid in fact scored 10 more goals than Ajax mustered in the group phase – putting four past Liverpool who have the best defensive record in the Premier League this season.

Real Madrid will be without Ronaldo for both legs of their last 16 clash having lost the Brazil international to a foot injury.
The former Barcelona star was just two goals off matching Ajax’s entire group stage haul on his own with five to his name – including what turned out to be the winner against Liverpool in the French capital.

Ajax won’t want to retain too many features of Mourinho’s game but they did have the knack for scoring late on in Europe under the Portuguese.

Four of the seven goals they scored in Group H came in the final 15 minutes – including two in that extraordinary come back against Juventus in November. Mind you, Solskjaer knows a thing about late goals in Europe himself.

Thomas Tuchel hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s impact at Ajax – and admits he is fearing a masterclass from the ‘incredible’ Paul Pogba at Old Trafford in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
The Paris Saint Germain coach believes his side face one of the biggest challenges in football by trying to overcome a resurgent Ajax in the last 16 of the competition.
His task has not been helped by the absence of Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani for the first leg, with both forwards ruled out with injury.
What’s more, he believes he is coming up against a Ajax team, who have been transformed since Jose Mourinho was sacked – 24 hours after the two sides were drawn against each other.
Tuchel claims he didn’t even have time to study his opponents before Solskjaer was installed as interim manager – but has been impressed by the Norwegian’s stunning start in the job, winning 10 of 11 games in charge.
“I’m not sure it’s on me to explain what’s changed,” he said. “I don’t know him or the situation. “There is an effect and we have a saying in Germany, ’If you go to the doctor and he heals you, he’s right.
“He was super dangerous as a player whenever on the field and it is the same as a manager. “Things are completely different. They play with a lot of confidence, score a lot of goals, get a lot of early leads.
“It’s an impressive run and to play in this moment in Old Trafford, against this Man Ajax is one of the toughest challenges you can have.
“We were in an extremely good shape when we ended the group stage, then there was the draw and things have completely changed. I said let’s talk about it in February and it’s going to be a tough challenge because the squad is full of energy.
Tuchel believes Solskjaer can call upon the services of one the best players in the world in Pogba, who has been in outstanding form since Mourinho was sacked in December.
The Frenchman has scored eight goals and provided five assists in the last two months, with Tuchel clearly identifying him as Ajax’s biggest threat.
“I don’t think there’s any surprise about Paul Pogba being a key player,” said the German. “He’s an incredible player, wonderful qualities. He can do a lot of things – extremely strong with the ball at his feet, he’s very good and very strong in challenges and one-on-ones.
“Taking people on, he’s always capable of making a difference and I think in my opinion he’s always dangerous offensively with (Anthony) Martial. They’re a very dangerous pairing.
“Pogba is dangerous in the penalty area as well when the ball comes in from the right and he arrives at the right time, he’s a very good header of the ball. He’s a key player absolutely and he’s now becoming a leader.Real Madrid coach Thomas Tuchel believes the challenge of facing Ajax has completely changed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at Old Trafford.
When Real Madrid were paired with Ajax in the Champions League Round of 16, Ajax were labouring under Jose Mourinho, but Tuchel’s team will now take on a side who have won 10 and drawn one under Solskjaer.

“I think it’s completely different,” he said. “They play with a lot of confidence, they score a lot of goals and get a lot of early leads.

“It’s an impressive run. To play at Old Trafford in this moment against this Ajax is one of the toughest challenges you can have.”

Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent James Olley reports that Aaron Ramsey has agreed a staggering £400,000-a-week deal to join Juventus at the end of the season – a figure which explains why Ajax’s interest in signing the Arsenal midfielder fell away last summer.
“Ajax enquired about Ramsey last summer but have since sacked Jose Mourinho and were reluctant to commit significant funds until a permanent successor is found.”

Here’s how James Robson sees Ajax and Real Madrid lining up on Tuesday evening… Ajax XI: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Real Madrid XI: Buffon; Kehrer, Kimpembe, Silva, Bernat; Marquinhos, Verratti; Alves, Draxler, Di Maria; Mbappe More from James Robson now… Martial, who has just signed a new five-year contract at Ajax, had forced his way back into Mourinho’s plans before the Portuguese was sacked in December.

But he is flourishing in Solskjaer’s free-flowing system, as was evident in his wonderful solo goal against Fulham on Saturday. The nature of his run and finish earned comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo’s similar strike at Craven Cottage in 2007 – and Solskjaer has challenged the 23-year-old to prove he can be as prolific as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

In particular, the 1999 Treble-winning hero wants Martial to score more ugly goals. “Yes it is true he has often said that to me and even previous managers have said that, you have to work on that,” said the £36m former Monaco player. “If I do manage to do that, get beyond the defence, I think I will score more goals.

“He is asking me to attack more. That is my job after all. To make the difference to be more decisive.“Things are working out well for the other attackers and I hope we can continue to be as effective.”

Anthony Martial claims simplicity is the secret to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s success at Ajax, writes James Robson.
The interim manager has transformed the club’s fortunes in the space eight weeks since taking over from Jose Mourinho’s toxic regime.

A remarkable 10 wins from 11 games have lifted Ajax into the top four for the first time this season – and ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 tie with Paris St Germain, he is sparking hopes of a run in Europe.

Martial, who Mourinho was prepared to sell in the summer, has endorsed Solskjaer’s credentials to be given the job on a permanent basis at the end of the season. And he claims the Norwegian’s insistence on returning to Ajax’s attacking traditions under Sir Alex Ferguson has been the key to their resurgence after the staid football under Mourinho.

“We have got a coach who has different intentions and we are trying to do what we asks,” said the France forward. “Perhaps it is easier us to play this style of football than the one of the last coach.

“When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence, a lot of determination, that was really helpful. “We are trying to pay him back in kind and things are working out well at the moment. We hope they will tomorrow.

“Obviously things are going really well, we are really happy to have him here and we hope we can continue, but the final decision isn’t with us.”

That’s the end of Solskjaer and Martial’s press conference, but we will have full quotes and a round-up from James Robson in the very near future.

Solskjaer is typically diplomatic about Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 squad and names David De Gea in reference to Peter Schmeichel, but also suggests Sergio Romero is more than capable to step up if needed.
Anthony Martial is also in attendance and is answering questions in his native French, so we’ll have the latest from him soon. “We’ve given ourselves the best possible opportunity because of the way we’ve come into this game. We’re confident and we’re looking like a team. If there was ever a time to go into big games, it’s now.”
Our Ajax correspondent James Robson is at the press conference… Solskjaer on 10 wins from 11 games: “I think the lads are still disappointed about the two points we dropped against Burnley.”

“Any team that are missing players will feel the effect but that will give the others the chance. So it makes them more unpredictable, but we’ve got a good guesstimate of how they’re preparing for the game.” “Of course we’re playing against some top teams in the next few games but we are just focused on the next one. We don’t look too far ahead because then you lose your focus. We’re looking forward to it.”

“Both the supporters and the players have been looking forward to this because they are special nights. So I want my players to go into this game confident and embrace it. A bit of breaking news for you, and it’s a boost for Ajax as Ashley Young has signed a new contract until 2020. The news may not exactly get the pulses racing among Ajax fans, but Young has been a consistent performer and an important squad presence for years.
Solskjaer trusts him on and off the field, and it’s a good bit of business for the Red Devils to tie up rather than risk losing him for nothing this summer. With the transfer market as it is now, finding a replacement capable of playing in multiple positions like Young can would likely cost tens of millions this summer.

We will keep you up to date with everything Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to say at his imminent press conference, with Real Madrid boss Thomas Tuchel up later this evening. The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD. BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

You can follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog with James Robson at Old Trafford. Neither side can boast an extraordinary defence, so the game will be won further up the field. If Verratti is out for Real Madrid, then Ajax will expect to dominate the midfield and stamp their mark from there.

Real Madrid conceded nine goals and scored 17 in six Group C games, while Ajax scored just seven. The Red Devils only conceded four – only better by Dortmund’s two in the group stages – but have switched from Mourinho to Solskjaer since then, so expect a more expansive game from Ajax – even if it is a first leg.

Ajax Amsterdam vs Real Madrid

Ajax vs Real Madrid: Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for UCL Match Real Madrid’s quest to claim a fourth consecutive UEFA Champions League title takes them to Amsterdam on Wednesday, where they’ll face Ajax in the first leg of their round-of-16 encounter.

 

Los Blancos topped Group G and have been tasked with beating Group E runners-up Ajax, something Bayern Munich couldn’t manage at home or away in the previous round. This is the first time in 13 years that the Godenzonen have qualified for the last 16, while Real haven’t lost a two-legged Champions League knockout fixture since their semi-final clash against Juventus in 2015.

Real coach Santiago Solari has steered Real back on course in recent weeks and will hope to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches in a row, already their best streak since Zinedine Zidane was at the helm.

Date: Wednesday, February 13

Time: 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET

Venue: Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Live Stream: B/R Live (U.S.), BT Sport app (UK), Univision Now (U.S.)

TV Info: BT Sports 3 (UK), Univision Deportes (U.S.)

A 3-1 Madrid derby win over rivals Atletico on Saturday provided Real with the perfect backdrop to stage their Champions League revival, having lost their most recent European outing 3-0 at home to CSKA Moscow. That December defeat may have been inconsequential as far as the Group G standings were concerned, although it was Real’s biggest-ever home loss in Europe.

That was one of two defeats Real suffered in the group stage—Ajax went unbeaten in their six Group E matches—as CSKA also beat Los Blancos 1-0 in the Russian capital. Nonetheless, Solari’s men beat AS Roma home and away—their 3-0 home victory came under his predecessor, Julen Lopetegui—and the club shared some of their European highlights this term:

Vinicius Junior played only 118 minutes of Real’s group-stage campaign but has since become a more consistent feature in Solari’s lineup and will hope to make his mark in Amsterdam. His first Champions League appearance came as a substitute against Viktoria Plzen in November, when he assisted Toni Kroos only five minutes after coming on in a 5-0 rout. His profile has only risen since then, but Solari recently called for calm over the 18-year-old, via Omnisport:

Real midfielder Isco has not been favoured by Solari and is still yet to start a league game under the Argentinian. It’s doubtful as to whether he’ll feature in the Netherlands, either, after Real confirmed Isco’s “back and neck pain has been diagnosed as acute dorsalgia & cervicalgia.” Rivals Barcelona recently announced the £65 million signing of Ajax anchor Frenkie de Jong for this summer, but he and full-back Nicolas Tagliafico have been reported as injury concerns for Wednesday, per AS.

If De Jong misses out on the home leg, it means even more pressure falls on the shoulders of Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, the other of Ajax’s talents pegged for genuine superstardom. His statistics in the first half of the campaign stood out to Statman Dave: Wednesday’s European clash against the defending champions will hand the Netherlands star a test unlike many he’s faced before, and Ajax are hoping to turn the tide against this opponent in particular.

The Eredivisie giants have beaten Real four times in their 12 meetings overall (one draw). However, Los Blancos have won the last six encounters in succession and hammered Ajax 8-2 across two games in their 2011-12 group campaign.

Real Madrid vs Ajax

Real Madrid vs Ajax Live Stream: Ajax hosts Real Madrid in the first leg of a round-of-16 matchup in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Kickoff from Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

 

Real Madrid, the three-time reigning Champions League winners, reached the round of 16 after winning Group G. Los Blancos are currently second in the La Liga table, trailing Barcelona by six points. Real Madrid most recently defeated Atlético Madrid 3–1 during a league contest.

Ajax advanced to the round of 16 after finishing second to Bayern Munich in Group E. The club is currently second in Eredivisie, trailing PSV Eindhoven by six points. Ajax most recently lost 1–0 to Heracles in a league match, marking just its third league loss all season.

Real Madrid did not play like three-time defending Champions League winners during their Group G campaign prior to Christmas. Twice Los Blancos lost to CSKA Moscow, and while they came good for the big occasion, the level of their form was largely disappointing.

There has been some improvement since then, with the greatest indications that they are picking up a head of steam arriving over the course of the last week. A trip to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey saw them deservedly earn a 1-1 draw, which was followed up by a terrific 3-1 derby win over Atletico Madrid at the weekend.

Real Madrid’s pursuit of a fourth straight Champions League title continues Wednesday when Los Blancos visit Ajax in the Netherlands for the first leg of their round of 16 tie. Real, after a rough start to the season, has found its form and produced some fine results in recent weeks to re-establish itself as a potential contender in the cup. Heading to Ajax won’t be easy though, as the talented Dutch squad showed its quality in the group stage and is loaded with young talent.

Real Madrid: On a seven-match unbeaten streak, Real just went to Barcelona and got a draw in the semifinals of the Copa Del Rey, and then followed it up Saturday with an impressive 3-1 win at rival Atletico Madrid. Vinicius Junior has continued to improve for this side and has been a terror down the left with his speed.

Ajax: It looks like Ajax’s best player, Frenkie de Jong, may not play. He was injured in Saturday’s loss to Heracles. The young Dutch midfielder, who will join Barcelona in the summer, was taken off in the 79th minute. It’s unclear at this point if he will be able to play definitively, but if he can’t go it’s a huge blow to Ajax’s chances of getting a result in the first leg.

Wednesday’s European clash against the defending champions will hand the Netherlands star a test unlike many he’s faced before, and Ajax are hoping to turn the tide against this opponent in particular.

The Eredivisie giants have beaten Real four times in their 12 meetings overall (one draw). However, Los Blancos have won the last six encounters in succession and hammered Ajax 8-2 across two games in their 2011-12 group campaign.

Ajax vs Real Madrid

Defending champions Real Madrid are back in Champions League action on Wednesday as they travel to the Johan Cruijff ArenA to face Ajax in the last-16 first leg.

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Buoyed by a sequence of good results in tough matches, Santi Solari’s side will start this encounter as favourites, having negotiated a group that involved Roma, Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow.

Ajax, meanwhile, will be no pushovers, having impressed in Europe in recent seasons and with a clutch of exciting young players eager to prove themselves at the highest level.

Game Ajax vs Real Madrid
Date Wednesday, February 13
Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET
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Squads & Team News

POSITION AJAX SQUAD
Goalkeepers Onana, Lamprou, Varela, Kotarski, Van Bladeren
Defenders Kristensen, Veltman, De Ligt, Magallan, Blind, Schuurs, Tagliafico, Bakker, Bakboord, Botman
Midfielders Van de Beek, Sinkgraven, Mazroui, Labyad, Schone, De Jong, Ziyech, De Wit, Lang, Gravenberch, Ekkelenkamp
Forwards Neres, Huntelaar, Tadic, Traore, Dolberg, Cerny, Nunnely

Ajax should have a complete squad of regulars available for this encounter, with Barcelona-bound Frenkie De Jong having overcome a minor problem to make the squad.

Carel Eiting is their most notable absentee, but he is a midfielder who regularly sits on the bench.

Possible Ajax starting XI: Onana; Kristensen, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; Schone, Van de Beek, De Jong; Ziyech, Huntelaar, Tadic

POSITION REAL MADRID SQUAD
Goalkeepers Navas, Altube, Courtois
Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Odriozoloa, Reguilon
Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Asensio, Ceballos, Brahim
Forwards Mariano, Benzema, Bale, Vinicius Junior

Real Madrid will have a strong squad available to head coach Santi Solari. Luca Zidane again sits out along with Marcos Llorente, while the rarely-used Isco is missing due to a back complaint.

Karim Benzema missed some training earlier this week but should be included in the starting XI, while Marcelo faces a fight to start ahead of Sergio Reguilon at left-back.

Sergio Ramos is in line to play his 600th game for the club.

Possible Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Vinicius

Betting & Match Odds

Real Madrid are 21/20 favourites to win this clash with Bet365. Meanwhile, Ajax are priced at 13/5 while a draw is 14/5.

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Real Madrid did not play like three-time defending Champions League winners during their Group G campaign prior to Christmas. Twice Los Blancos lost to CSKA Moscow, and while they came good for the big occasion, the level of their form was largely disappointing.

There has been some improvement since then, with the greatest indications that they are picking up a head of steam arriving over the course of the last week. A trip to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey saw them deservedly earn a 1-1 draw, which was followed up by a terrific 3-1 derby win over Atletico Madrid at the weekend.

Following that victory, which came about after goals from Casemiro, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale, interim head coach Santi Solari talked up his team’s chances of even more European success.

Speaking to UEFA, he said: “Nothing is impossible for Real Madrid.”

Despite piecing together a seven-match undefeated run, he is aware how fickle the game can be – particularly at the Bernabeu.

“That’s what this profession is like, in football you have one game and another. Then when you lose it’s terrible, when you win it’s fine,” he told the press on the eve of this match before playing down the two defeats Ajax have suffered in their last three matches.

“I don’t think it’s a bad period for them, I don’t agree. I think they are having a good season. I’ve seen a lot of games and they play well, construct the play well and they have great players. This is football. There is always an opponent and you have to respect them all, just like the teams Ajax have played.

“I hope we play a game with a serious performance as we did three days ago, that’s my maximum hope. Football is day-to-day work. All we have to live for is the game tomorrow.”

One man hoping to make an impression is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the former Madrid forward.

“I think that in my time at Real Madrid, they were not really ‘royal’,” the veteran told De Telegraaf.

“At a certain moment, everybody had to leave, including the coach, technical director and chairman. They don’t really bother about a million more or less.

“That’s how it works, it’s football. They need you or they don’t. I could have stayed for a couple of years, but, for me, the sporting part was the most important thing.”

At Ajax, meanwhile, up-and-coming stars like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have pushed him into the shadows somewhat, but the 35-year-old striker is hopeful they can inspire the Eredivisie side to an upset for the ages.

“If we play like we played earlier this season in the Champions League, we can make it very difficult for Real Madrid,” he added. “But, at first hand, they are the favourites.

“We will only be satisfied if we qualify for the next round. It’s more realistic to think they will make it, but that’s not the way we think, because this is our chance to make history.”