Ajax star Frenkie de Jong is hopeful that with a “little luck” they can cause an upset against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
De Godenzonen have been drawn to face reigning champions Real in the last-16 of the Champions League, with the first leg to take place in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
This young and inexperienced Ajax team, who boast an average age of 23 years old, are not expected to prevail against 13-time winners Real over a two-legged tie.
In fact, Ajax haven’t even made it to the quarter-final of the Champions League in 16 years and the last time they won the competition came in 1995.
But De Jong is refusing to rule out an upset against Los Blancos, who are chasing a fourth successive European title this season.
“Our upcoming opponent is Real Madrid, a team that is starting to come in,” De Jong told Het Kontakt.
“I’m not going to say that we’re going to win the cup. We’ll see it from round to round.
“Real in the last five year, have won the Champions League four times, and they are favourites. But if we have a little luck, we are not hopeless.
“Apart from a few pains, I feel great fit. It makes a difference that we have a very good team and that every individual player also knows this.”
Although Ajax have proven they are no pushovers when it comes to facing Europe’s elite in a match after claiming a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich in the group stages this term.
Erik ten Hag’s side are also going strong in the Eredivisie this season in second-place and five points off leaders PSV Eindhoven after winning 16 of their opening 20 games.
For De Jong, on the other hand, this two-legged tie against Real represents a great opportunity for him to impress his new employers Barcelona against their great rivals.
The 21-year-old midfielder will arrival at Camp Nou in July after a €75m deal along with €11m in bonuses was agreed on between Ajax and Barcelona.
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