Director Emilio Butragueño of Real Madrid has high expectations of the diptych with Ajax in the eighth finals of the Champions League. According to the clubicoon going to the ‘Royal’ a heavy task to the Locals.
“Ajax has been a long time not more in the knock-out stages played and will be extra motivated. It is for them also a great challenge to go against the defending champion to play,” says the 55-year-old Butragueño Monday at the site of Real.
“We’re talking about a legendary club like Real a lot for the growth of the Champions League has been, so it will be very difficult matches. We will be on the tops of our need to be able to play back may come in Nyon for the draw of the quarter finals.”
Ajax and Real Madrid are no strangers of each other, because the two teams were at the beginning of this decade, three seasons in a row (2010/2011, 2011/2012 and 2012/2013) in the same group in the Champions League.
Although Real that matches all of them with minimum two goals difference won, expected Butragueño not that it’s his club so easy. The director of Real, which between 1984 and 1995 as a player was under contract by the People, has the past months with admiration at the performance of Ajax in the group stage looked.
“Ajax has a nice mix of talents and veterans, and doing it this season really well. They love the ball and have an offensive mentality, a bit like us. The fight for the ball and the control in the match will be one of the keys in this diptych.”
‘Ajax is mainly for your own audience very well’
Butragueño is especially concerned for the heenwedstrijd on Wednesday, February 13, in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. Ajax, that in Europe all twelve matches in a row unbeaten, won this season, five of his six home games in the Champions League (including qualifying rounds). Only Bayern Munich (3-3) went without defeat at home.
“Ajax is mainly for your own audience very well, so it will be a difficult duel,” said Butragueño. “If we are in the aftermath of a good result, I hope that with the support of our own public, a ticket to the quarter-finals continue.”
The return between Real and Ajax in the Santiago Bernabéu stands Tuesday, march 5, on the program. Real won the Champions League last season for the fourth time in the last five years, while Ajax for the first time since the 2005/2006 season in the knock-out stages of the miljoenenbal true.
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