ESPN experts predict an easy win for Real Madrid in Ajax tie
The path to the 2019 Cl final in Madrid have clarified a bit as the tie brought Europe's biggest clubs together in the round of 16. While the draw has been kinder to Real Madrid, is the perception that the Whites are stronger erroneous? Here's what ESPN board has to say on it:
Ajax vs Real Madrid:
A real clash of European heavyweights, with the reigning champions Real coming up against Erik ten Hag's resurgent Ajax team.
Ajax emerged as runners-up behind Bayern Munich in Group E and did so with an unbeaten record, despite the inexperience of their team. Matthijs de Ligt (19) and Frenkie de Jong (21) are the young stars driving Ajax back to prominence, with the experienced Dusan Tadic netting 8 goals in 12 European games this season.
My Ajax vs Real Madrid prediction thread:— griffin (@Starboy___10) December 17, 2018
You have the 3 time defending Champs, against a team from the Netherlands. Ronaldo is gone, but this team still has the same guys that won them many big games when their main man ghosted. This should be an absolute breaze. pic.twitter.com/5Ik6hl3rSf
Real, meanwhile, have been poor in defence of their trophy, with managerial upheaval and the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo hitting them hard. They qualified as group winners, despite losing twice to CSKA Moscow, and should have the pedigree to beat this young Ajax team, but don't rule out the Dutch outfit.
Who will go through?