De Jong: Ajax have what it takes to upset Juve

Real Madrid v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 05: Frenkie de Jong and Dani de Wit of Ajax celebrate victory after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax at Bernabeu on March 05, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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.

“[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.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 30: Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona attends an FC Barcelona press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match against Liverpool. On April 30, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Rakitic is not afraid of competing for his spot

The Barcelona midfielder insists that the arrival of Frenkie de Jong doesn't affect his place at the Catalan club.

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.”

“I liked them a lot and it won’t be easy to face then,” he added.


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