The Dutch league champions face Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspure and Internazionale in group B. ‘It is a very tough draw but they will be fantastic matches for the fans,’ said NOS football commentator Arno Vermeulen.
Ajax has drawn Bayern Munich, Benfica and AEK Athene in group E. Bayern’s current line-up includes former Ajax player Arjen Robben.
‘Bayern has a really strong team and the fact that Robben will be playing again in the Johan Cruijff arena is great,’ Ajax trainer Erik ten Hag said after the draw.
‘Our target is to stay in the competition over the winter,’ Ten Hag said. The last time Ajax were in the top three of their Champions League group was in 2006.
‘It is clear that Bayern Munich is the favourite,’ said club director Edwin van der Sar. ‘We are fighting for second place alongside Benfica and AEK Athene.’
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