Seedorf reveals the big names in today's Ajax
- Ex-Los Blancos and Ajax player sat down with Marca to talk about the upcoming CL clash
- He reveals the big names in Ajax today, admitting it is not only about De Jong and De Ligt
- Ex-Ajax and Madrid player names the reason why Real Madrid have been so much hard-pressed this season in La Liga competing against Barca
Clarence began his career with Ajax in 1992, before joining Real Madrid in 1996. He has most notably won two CL trophies, playing for both teams.
It is obvious Clarence knows a thing or two about Ajax, having spent 5 years there
In Spain Ajax are known for De Jong and De Ligt, but surely the Dutch team are more than that?
"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."
When you won the seventh in 1998, Los Blancos weren't having a good league season either, do you see this team capable of winning a fourth successive title?
"Everything is possible. It will be very difficult, but yes, Real Madrid can always do it."
Since 1998 Real Madrid have won seven Champions League, but everything started in Amsterdam against Zinedine Zidane's Juventus, how proud are you to be a part of starting that?
"I'm proud and honoured to have played such an important role for Real Madrid, a moment which represented the turning point for the return of the club in Europe after so many years without success. It's especially important when you look at what happened next with so many victories and trophies. It's a special feeling and a very rewarding one. The club has strengthened a lot in those years since I was there, it has become a giant off the pitch too, and I've been very happy to see that growth."
Why do you think it's so difficult for the team to compete in Spain against Barcelona?
"After a season like last year, in which the team won the Champions League again, it's not easy to find the right balance. Some improvements will probably become visible in the second half of the season, also Solari will have had more time to work with the players. There was a lot of pressure at the beginning, a moment of change always has consequences. However, the team is still very competitive."