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Tagliafico believes Juventus are favorites

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 05: Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid and Nicolas Tagliafico of Ajax tangle during 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)
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The Ajax footballer says the Bianconeri are favorites to win tomorrow, but that his team will fight as they did against Real Madrid.

Dutch Eredivisie team Ajax is set to play against another European giant when they play against Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal.

A few weeks ago they defeated Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, in a match where they went as the underdogs but managed to defeat Los Blancos 4-1 at home.

Now they go against another team dressed in white, but this time they are led by world’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Ronaldo is the best in the world, with Lionel Messi: a performance like the one against Atletico can be done by very few people,” Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico told Calcio Mercato.

“Juventus are a candidate for the trophy, we will face them as we did Real. We are thinking of possession, care of the ball and enjoying the game.”

He added: “Juventus? They are one of the candidates for the victory. And with Ronaldo more. We will play as normal, the idea is to approach this match like the one with Madrid: no one would have bet two pesos on us and we are now in the quarters.”

“Let’s play differently from Atletico: the 2-0 of the first leg put Simeone’s team on the defensive and with Juventus this is dangerous.”

“De Ligt? He is surprisingly maturity for his age: he is a boy but he looks like a 26-27-year-old with the experience he has already accumulated,” he continued.

“He has just started but he is already our captain and has a whole career ahead of him. His name is linked to many big clubs, he says it all, he has personality, if he has to shout he does it, he feels like a leader and he wears the armband without problems.”

“He is not taken for granted at his age, he is a guy who thinks and is physically strong but also fast and with great timing. It is difficult to find such a strong player at that age, he is a true player,” Tagliafico concluded.