12 Apr Ajax 1 Juventus 1:’Cristiano Ronaldo is a punishment box predator’ – Matthijs de Ligt impressed by Portuguese celebrity
The Ajax captain admits confronting a five-time Ballon d’Or winner is demanding, whereas Frenkie de Jong has been speaking up Champions League advancement
Matthijs De Ligt emphasized Cristiano Ronaldo’s predatory instincts following Ajax drew 1-1 with Juventus in the Champions League.
De Ligt’s Ajax had to settle for a draw in the first leg of this quarter-final tie despite dominating Amsterdam, in which Ronaldo’s opener was cancelled out by David Neres on Wednesday.
Playing for the first time since suffering a muscle trauma on global responsibility last month, Ronaldo broke the deadlock by means of a diving header on the stroke of half-time.
Neres equalised within minutes of the restart following half-time and Ajax — that stunned three-time reigning champions Real Madrid at the past 16 — were unlucky to not add to their tally midweek.
Reflecting on the consequence post-match, Ajax captain De Ligt told colleagues:”It was a fiery setting from the beginning and we had some early chances, but sadly surrendered before half-time.
“Ronaldo’s best quality, aside from his ability, is that he’s a predator in the box. He sees a chance, only a very small gap, and he goes to it incredibly fast. He sprints to the region between players.
“We all know you can not leave gaps in the back for Juventus, as that is exactly what they prepare . We passed it around and attempted to find holes in their own defence.
“I believe we have done fairly well. We’ve got a team using a great deal of possible and that will emerge to its fullest in Champions League matches.
“We work really difficult for one another. We demonstrated today that Ajax aren’t in the Champions League quarter-finals since they’re a fluke.
“Obviously, Juventus are powerful at home, everybody knows that, so it will be hard in the next leg.”
Barcelona-bound celebrity Frenkie de Jong created another remarkable performance for Ajax and also the 21-year-old midfielder considers the Dutch giants may advance to the semi-finals.
“We are frustrated about conceding a goal before half-time, but at the second half we started very closely with all our equaliser. At the conclusion 1-1 isn’t too poor,” De Jong advised UEFA.com . “I believe we’ve got enough of an opportunity from the off game.
“it is a shame that Nico [Tagliafico] is frozen [for the return match], but we’ve got really good players on the seat who can take action over there. If we perform the way we did in Madrid, with a great deal of guts, then we’ve got a large prospect of winning. We have done so far in the Champions League, and we are not done yet.”