Frenkie de Jong believes Ajax have the quality to beat Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, despite admitting they are favourites to go through.
De Jong was instrumental in the club’s 4-1 over Real Madrid in the previous round, and the Barcelona-bound midfielder is confident of a repeat.
On paper, Juve looks certain to secure another semi-final qualification but recent upsets have shown there are no minnows in the competition.
Frenkie de Jong, Ajax midfielder: "When I was around 10–12 years old, Cristiano Ronaldo was already one of the best players in the world. So it is nice that I will now face him for real."#UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/6ckkmTeAlv
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“[Juve are] one of the stronger opponents we could have drawn,” he told UEFA’s official website.
“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.”
Pavel Nedved who scored in one of the meetings between the two sides equally admitted the clash would be tight.
“I can’t speak about the degree of difficulty, I’m neither happy or upset,” former footballer and Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved said to Gianluca Di Marzio.
“I believe these will be two beautiful matches, Ajax showed they could take out Real Madrid.”
Juve's memorable moments against Ajax over the years. Winning the 1️⃣ 9️⃣ 9️⃣ 6️⃣ final is undoubtedly the club's biggest moment in its UCL history.
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“I liked them a lot and it won’t be easy to face then,” he added.