Santiago Solari hopes that Real Madrid in the Champions League can show that it is the upward line to tackle. The trainer of Real Madrid is on alert for Ajax, Wednesday in the Johan Cruijff Arena, the opponent in the eighth-finals.
Real Madrid started dramatically on the season, but after a good phase up to the second place in the Spanish Primera División, five points behind leader FC Barcelona. Ajax is in a dip after the recent defeats against Feyenoord (6-2) and Heracles Almelo (1-0).
“Hopefully, we can see the trend of the last few weeks continue,” says Solari, who pushed as head coach after the dismissal at the end of October of Julen Lopetegui. “Everyone at Real there has been a major contributing factor, to ensure that it is now better.”
The good results will ensure automatically that the atmosphere in the Madrid camp is much better than a couple of months ago. “If you win, it’s great. If you lose then it is terrible. So is the life of a trainer.”
That Ajax after the winter break less, says the 42-year-old Argentinian is not much. “I think, personally, don’t think that Ajax is in a lesser stage. It is a dynamic team with good players. That they have this season often enough.”
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Courtois: ‘Can once again Champions League win’
Real Madrid did in the Champions League the past three seasons to win. According to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois belongs to a fourth consecutive victory.
“We have players who know how to do a final pick up and win”, says the Belgian goalkeeper, who last summer made the switch from Chelsea. “But well, it should be step by step. First, we need to Ajax disable.”
Courtois emphasises that Real Madrid the matches against Ajax certainly not as a snack, in a month with three confrontations with archrival FC Barcelona and a loaded stadsderby against Atlético Madrid.
“Ajax has a good team with experienced players like Tadic and Blind and talents as The Young and The. That we have against Bayern Munich seen. Against Feyenoord, Heerenveen and Heracles, they have made mistakes. But that was also bad luck. That can happen again.”
The first game in the diptych between Ajax and Real Madrid begins Wednesday at 21.00 hours. The return in the Santiago Bernabéu on 5 march will be played.
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