The defending champions, Real Madrid are set to host the Ajax Football Club at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 2nd leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League. Ajax played some scintillating football in the first leg, though due to some poor refereeing they ended up losing the game by 1-2. The hosts have one away goal advantage heading into this crucial tie on Tuesday. Both the teams will have to put their best foot forward if they want to book their quarter-final berth in the Champions League.
Real Madrid has had a terrible domestic season so far as they are lying at the third spot in the league table. After getting thrashed on their home turf in two consecutive matches against their arch-rivals, Real Madrid needs to get their European back on track. Having lost the semi-final of the Copa del Rey Cup, Champions League is the only pragmatic opportunity for the Galacticos to lift a trophy this year. While the visitors play some attractive football, Madrid will have the home crowd backing them up in this crunch game. Santiago Solari, who was criticized after losing two El Classicos on the trot, will have a point to prove in this second leg fixture.
Ajax, on the other hand, has evolved a lot as a club and as a team in recent years. They have a young and talented squad which lightened up the Johan Cryuff Arena in the first leg with their beautiful football. The visitors must be determined to script a comeback against the reigning Champions in Madrid. Ajax will try to attack from the word go in this do-or-die match. Fast and fearless football can surely reignite their hopes alive in the second leg. With a one-goal deficit, they would be hoping to land a counter punch in this must-win game.
Date: Wednesday, 6th March 2019
Time: 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
League: Champions League
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)
Recent form (Last six matches)
Real Madrid – W W L W L L
Ajax – W L L W W W
Head to head
AFC Ajax Won – 0
Real Madrid Won – 7
Drawn – 0
- Ajax will remain unchanged and play with their same playing XI.
- Hassane Bande, Carel Elting and Lisandro Magallan will miss the match for Ajax.
- André Onana will start as the goalkeeper for AFC Ajax.
- Sergio Ramos will miss the second leg due to suspension.
- Nacho will team up with Varane in the heart of the defense.
- Thibaut Courtois will guard the sticks for Real Madrid.
- Karim Benzema
- Marco Asensio
- Luka Modric
- Dusan Tadic
- Hakim Ziyech
- De Ligt
Probable Playing 11
Real Madrid– Courtois (GK), Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Reguilon; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Vinicius, Benzema, Lucas
Ajax– Onana (GK), Mazraoui, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; De Jong, Schone; Neres, Van de Beek, Ziyech, Tadic