Santiago Solari is enthusiastic about Ajax. The coach of Real Madrid, saw his team Wednesday hard had in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, though it was achtstefinaleduel in the Champions League with a 1-2 win.
“This is the Champions League, where in the eighth-finals are no bad teams anymore,” said the 42-year-old Solari after the match in Amsterdam.
“Ajax has a lot of energy and played and made sure we got to the limit had to go. We had filled the tank for the victory. We have worked, suffered and show that we are strong.”
In the first half seemed to Ajax 1-0, but referee Damir Skomina, the goal of Nicolás Tagliafico on the advice of the VAR still. Dusan Tadic was centimeters offside.
“We could not at that time assess as we have in the bank no images at our disposal. We rely on the VAR and the referee must decide,” said Solari about that moment.
Summary Ajax-Real Madrid (1-2)
Ramos: ‘It’s not always about beautiful football.”
Captain Sergio Ramos was relieved after the victory in Amsterdam, which was established by goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio. In between, scored Hakim Ziyech for Ajax.
“We knew that it would be difficult against a team with many young players. It was not our best match, but we played well as a team and have benefited from the opportunities we got,” said the Spaniard.
“Especially in the Champions League is not just about beautiful football. You must know how your opponent should play and take advantage of the spaces created, all we had that tonight patience.”
The return between Real Madrid and Ajax, at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday 5 march. The duel begins just as the heenwedstrijd to 21.00 hours.
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