Real Madrid vs Ajax : Real Madrid are seeking a fourth straight Champions League triumph as they kick off their knockout stage defence against Ajax in Amsterdam tonight.
== MATCH INFO ==
Team : Real Madrid vs Ajax
Date : Wednesday, 13 February
Start Time : 3:00 Pm Et
Real Madrid vs Ajax live
Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo led Real to three straight European Cups from 2016 to 2018, but both Bernabeu legends departed the club last summer before Los Blancos endured a terrible start to the campaign.
Real Madrid visit Amsterdam to face Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League’s Round of 16. Los Blancos have been playing very well after the Christmas break and are considered the heavy favorites to advance to the Quarterfinals, even though Ajax’s quality and ability to control the tempo of the game could make things tough for Solari’s men if they don’t defend with poise and composure.
Luckily enough for the Argentinian coach, most of his players are healthy and ready to go. In fact, this game could be a good opportunity for Marcelo, Asensio or Gareth Bale, who have lost their spots as starters after their injuries. These three men need quality minutes to improve their form and conditioning and they still have the quality
Santiago Solari has arrested Real’s slide with some positive results, and a relative lack of pressure and expectation this term could end up working in Real’s favour – but first, they must see off an Ajax side who have scored 72 goals in 20 Eredivisie games, and pushed Bayern Munich all the way in Group E.
Expect plenty of goals in Amsterdam. Ajax have scored 15 times in their last four games, but also conceded 11 in the process.
Real will certainly feel they can get at least one or two away goals to turn the tie in their favour, but head into this fixture after draining matches against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Dutch giants Ajax know the Champions League holders are not the force they once were, while Real will also face the prospect of their first knockout tie without Zidane and Ronaldo’s star quality, so the visitors have a mental test to overcome.
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 3.
BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.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.
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.