Juventus will face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League quarter-final first leg match, at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday (04/10/2019). Undergoing this match, Juve was again strengthened by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo had missed the Bianconeri’s defense due to a hamstring injury. The injury was obtained by CR7 when strengthening the Portuguese national team against Serbia, in the Group B European Cup 2020 qualifying match.
As a result of the injury, Cristiano Ronaldo pulled over for 15 days and missed the last four matches Juventus went through. Although without Ronaldo, Juve managed to pick three wins and only swallowed one defeat from the four games.
Now, the former Real Madrid player has been declared recovering from injury. He also had the chance to appear when Juventus met Ajax Amsterdam.
The return of Cristiano Ronaldo is an energy injection for La Vecchia Signora. Moreover, he was Juventus’s top scorer in the season with a collection of 24 goals.
“Cristiano has been practicing well with the team. He will be playing from the start against Ajax. One of Sami Khedira or Rodrigo will be destroyed in the midfield tomorrow night,” explained Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Even though Cristiano Ronaldo has returned, Allegri reminded his foster children not to laugh. He called Ajax a dangerous opponent, because he was able to hold Bayern Munich in the group phase and eject Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League this season.
“Ajax is a strong team. They got rid of Real Madrid and drew against Bayern. As always, matches like Ajax vs Juve are important matches. This will be an open match and we must be very focused,” Allegri said.
“Ajax plays in a different way from Atletico Madrid. They are a very aggressive team and this will be a physical match, Juventus need to score an away goal,” he continued.
Achieving good results on the last 16 against Real Madrid further boosted the confidence of Ajax Amsterdam players. They were also optimistic that they could achieve good results while getting rid of Juventus.
Ajax need a victory because in the Champions League quarter-final second leg will visit Juve’s headquarters at Allianz Stadium, April 16, 2019.
“We have to play against Juventus in our style. The most important thing is the result tomorrow. We only think of matches against the Bianconeri,” said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.
“Juventus are an experienced team and can play various strategies. This will be a big obstacle to overcome after Bayern and Real Madrid, we will play as usual and we must be good at reading the game,” he explained.