Real Madrid will be aiming to book a spot in the last eight of the Champions League competition when they host Dutch giants, Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu for the second leg of their last-16 tie.
With the Copa del Rey and the La Liga gone, Madrid have their eggs in one basket and can only save themselves a lot of embarrassment by qualifying for the next round of the competition.
They lost back to back matches within the space of three days to bitter rivals, Barcelona in a rather one sided affair to end all hopes of LaLiga title and Copa del Rey contention.
Madrid might have claimed all last three UCL titles, but they have the results they’ve churned out since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo is rather laughable and a joke to the stunts they were capable of pulling off in the recent past.
That said, they would fancy their chances against Ajax in front of their home fans.
Recent form (in all competitions): W W W L W L
Aja were unlucky now to come out of the first leg tie with a win and would heap the blame on an early VAR decision that had ruled out their first goal.
For long stretches of the game, they were the better side and simply outplayed Real Madrid. But that’s what football throws at you, innit?
The Dutch giants have been prolific in front of goal, netting 82 times in 23 league games this term and a further 11 in the group stages of the Champions League.
However, they have lost their last seven games against the men in white conceding 22 times in the process.
That said, they will be hopeful that they can put an end to that poor record.
Recent form (in all competitions): W L L W W W
Possible Starting Line-Up
Courtois; Reguilon, Varane, Nacho, Carvajal; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Vinicius, Benzema, Lucas
Onana; Tagliafico, De Ligt, Blind, Mazraoui; Schone, De Jong; Neres, Van de Beek, Ziyech; Tadic