Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico has warned Juventus that his side will approach their encounter with the same enthusiasm they had Real Madrid.

On paper, the star-studded Juventus team will easily brush aside the young Ajax team, but the displays of the Dutch giants against the top European teams this season calls for concern.

The explosive 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich was somewhat overlooked by Los Blancos who paid the price in their 4-1 drubbing at the Santiago Bernabeu- their worst home defeat in Europe.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Match Preview: Torino vs Juventus

The first Derby della Mole of the season is on the schedule this evening, as Torino welcome Juventus at 20:45 (CET).

With Juve aiming to win the Champions League crown since 1996 after beating the same opposition in the final, Tagliafico claims Allegri’s men will have one of the longest 180 minutes in the campaign.

“We’re going to have the same enthusiasm we had against Real Madrid when we play Juventus,” he revealed in the quote cited on Football Italia.

“Ronaldo has to be stopped as a team. We have to face players of their quality with our weapons, winning the ball back, having possession, trying to take control of the game.

“It’s not going to be at all easy, but the tie is 180 minutes long. We have to arm ourselves strategically very well for these two games.”

Real Madrid v Ajax - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 05: Dusan Tadic of Ajax (10) celebrates as he scores his team’s third goal with team mates 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)

The winners of this encounter will end up playing either Spurs or Man City in the semi-finals of the competition.



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