Seedorf: 'Champions League is always special for Real Madrid'
- Seedorf claims that the Champions League is and have always bee a special competition for Los Blancos.
- They can win it even when they are not having the best season in La Liga.
- Seedorf sees Madrid as the favourites in the tie with Ajax.
- As for this season favourites to win the Champions League, he names Liverpool, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Bayern, Barcelona and Manchester City
Real Madrid face Ajax in the first game of the Champions League round of 16 in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
Marca have sat down with Clarence Seedorf, who played for both clubs - and won the Champions League with both - to discuss the upcoming clash and the 2018/19 Champions League season in general.
On who is the favourite in the tie between his two former teams:
"Real Madrid is the favourite, because they are the defending champions and they have significant experience in the Champions League. Now, this doesn't mean that they will 100% win, but Real Madrid in the Champions League are always special."
A thousand days and still Real Madrid champion Europe pic.twitter.com/XV02Sem8zP— KhalidMadridista (@KhalidMadrids1) February 10, 2019
On who are other stars of Ajax, beyond De Jong and De Ligt:
"Ziyech, Dolberg, Tadic and Huntelaar are all important too. Real Madrid will face a team that hasn't reached the knockout stage for many years. Ajax believe they can beat Madrid, also because Real have been winning for so many years there could be a lack of motivation on their part."
On if the current Real Madrid team is capable of winning a fourth successive title:
"Everything is possible. It will be very difficult, but yes, Real Madrid can always do it."
Five clubs in Champions League last 16 have over half a billion revenue, led by the Spanish giants: Real Madrid £665m, Barcelona £612m, #MUFC £590m, Bayern Munich £557m & #MCFC £500m. Other English clubs: #LFC £455m & #THFC £379m. Lowest revenue by far at Ajax £81m & Porto £94m. pic.twitter.com/2tKr3Km46n— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) February 11, 2019
On the most likely winner of 2018/19 Champions League:
"It's a special season and it's perhaps a little early to say who can win it. The team that doesn't necessarily excel in the first half of the tournament could become devastating in the second half. Looking also at the experience of recent years, probably Liverpool could be one of the favourites. Despite not playing particularly well in the group phase, they are doing very well in the Premier League. Juventus could also reach the final, but there is a long list of teams they would have to beat. Atletico Madrid, PSG, Bayern, Barcelona and Manchester City... all of them could compete for the trophy."
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