Juventus vs Ajax Live : Juventus vs Ajax in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, with the two sides level at 1-1 after the first leg in Amsterdam.Ajax and Juventus finished all square after the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal played in Holland with a score of 1-1, The two sides go into the game level after the first game last week finished 1-1 at the Amsterdam Arena.
Juventus’ hunt for Champions League glory continues on Tuesday as they face off against Ajax in the second leg of their quarter-final clash.I Bianconeri have the upper hand in the tie after Cristiano Ronaldo bagged an away goal during the 1-1 draw at the Johan Cruijff ArenA last Wednesday, but the job is far from finished just yet.
Massimiliano Allegri made wholesale changes for his side’s Serie A defeat against SPAL at the weekend, but he’s more than likely to revert back to a much more familiar looking side on Tuesday.The Italian champions did not have it all their own way in the first leg in Amsterdam and may have been lucky to come away with a 1-1 draw.
Yet another Cristiano Ronaldo strike but the Old Lady in control just before half-time, only for Ajax to come roaring back in the second-half.Massimiliano Allegri will be confident of getting job done on their own patch but will be weary of a fearless Ajax side.
The Dutch team have an array of young talent at their disposal and this may be their best chance of winning the competition.Ajax are in the unknown now and they want to keep going. Win this and they will be in their first Champions League semi-final since 1997, when they were beaten Juventus, back then the reigning European champions. They won that title on penalties against Ajax the previous year but that was a different football generation.
This was before Bosman, before the rise of the Premier League, before international benefactor owners. Ajax were the dukes of the old order, an order that has been washed away by foreign money, largely channelled through England. And they have had to build a new team from a position of weakness, made of players who only know about the glory days second-hand. Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong were not even born for the 1997 semis.
Even the players brought in last year to provide some experience are miles outside of their comfort zone. Dusan Tadic had never played in the Champions League before arriving at Ajax, the furthest Daley Blind got at Manchester United was the the group stage, twice.
So all Ajax have to fall back on on Tuesday night in Turin is themselves and their ability. But the one thing they have shown this season is that they can beat any other team in the world on their day. What other lesson can you draw from their 4-1 win at the Bernabeu last month, against the team who had just won this unrepeatable competition three years in a row?
Even in other games that they did not win – the 2-1 home defeat to Real Madrid, the two group stage draws with Bayern Munich, last week’s 1-1 draw in Amsterdam – Ajax showed how at home they are at this level. They were better than Juventus in the first leg, dominating possession and creating enough chances to win. Frenkie De Jong was the best player on the pitch, and it was not even close.
So the question ahead of Tuesday night’s game is whether Ajax can do this all over again. Can they play the same fearless Ajax football even in this, their biggest game for a generation? Can they push eight outfield players up the pitch, leaving only the centre-backs behind, without exposing themselves on the counter? In short, can they make up in quality and bravery what they lack in experience?
Because on Tuesday night Ajax are up against the team who has been here before more than almost anyone else. Juventus, of course, lost the 2015 and 2017 finals, and are desperate to go one better this year. So desperate, in fact, that they added Cristiano Ronaldo – five time Champions League winner – to a team that already knew how to handle itself in these occasions.