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Juventus to face Ajax in the Champions League

March 15, 2019

Juventus have been drawn against Ajax in the quarter-finals of this years Champions League.

The Bianconeri famously overcame the Dutch champions in the 1995/96 Champions League final, the last time they won the competition.

Speaking to Sky Italia after the draw, Juve Vice President Pavel Nedved was careful not to underestimate the young Dutch side.

“I’m neither happy nor unhappy with the draw.

“They will be two beautiful games. I really liked Ajax against Real Madrid, so we need to be very careful.

“Cristiano Ronaldo? All our lads have earned two more matches in the Champions League. We must face them with plenty of enthusiasm.

“I don’t fear a ban for Cristiano. It was a gesture that stayed on the field. He vented after being insulted so much in Madrid and by their fans at our stadium. I don’t think there will be a ban.

“The President met the Coach and moved the decision to June. We’re happy with Allegri, what he’s doing in the League is exceptional.

“He’s 18 points ahead in the League, then in the Champions League… We’re where we wanted to be.”

Barca bound Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong was optimistic about their chances following the draw when speaking to the UEFA website:

“Juve are one of the stronger opponents we could have drawn.

“I saw their 3-0 win over Atletico and they played very well. When I was around 10 or 12 years old, Ronaldo already was one of the best players in the world. So it is nice that I will now face him for real.

“Juventus will be favourites, but that was the case against Real Madrid too. I reckon we have a chance.”

The first leg will take place at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on 10th April, followed by the home leg in Turin on 16th April.

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