Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
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UEFA Champions League Report: Ajax Amsterdam v Real Madrid 13 February

UEFA Champions League Report: Ajax Amsterdam v Real Madrid 13 February

"He did everything he had to do from the moment he came into the pitch".

"We have to improve", Ten Hag said.

Now sitting as the club's top scorer with 22 goals in all competitions this season, ex-Southampton attacker Dusan Tadic will lead the line for the hosts.

Gonzalo Higuain says Maurizio Sarri helped ease him into life at Chelsea with his "methods" and "words".

"His adaptation has been very fast", Solari said.

Predrag Mijatovic is convinced that Santiago Solari is the right man to lead Real Madrid to more glory.


Ajax got the goal their play deserved with 15 minutes remaining as Ziyech side-footed home after a sweeping move, latching on to a delivery from David Neres on the left.

Maurizio Sarri will be hoping for an instant response from his Chelsea side when they take on Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday evening.

Tadic then held off Sergio Ramos to fire in a shot that hit the post, and Ziyech missed another one-on-one chance with Courtois as Ajax's incisive passing stretched the visitors. Vinicius Junior came closest for Madrid when he cut in from the left wing and shot on target only for Onana to palm the ball over the bar.

Vinicius has had less time than Ajax's Frenkie de Jong, with only six starts in La Liga and one in the Champions League, but his impact has been arguably just as dramatic, the hype around the Brazilian already comparable.

Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's opening goal and the goal was disallowed after a review by VAR during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Real Madrid at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019.

Zidane's credentials of winning three consecutive Champions League trophies is said to present great allure to the Chelsea board, and an added bonus is that Eden Hazard, who looks Real Madrid-bound, also rates him highly.

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