Ajax’s reward for reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in 13 years is a daunting tie against 13-times winners Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants are seeking a fourth straight victory in the competition, while the last of Ajax’s four wins came in 1995. Real qualified as winners of their group, while Ajax finished second behind Bayern Munich.
Defender Daley Blind said the Amsterdammers would go into the tie as underdogs, but added: ‘If we play with the same energy, guts and flair as we did against Bayern we’ll definitely create chances.’
The two sides last met in the group stage of the 2013/14 competition, when Real won both matches 4-1. Only one of their twelve meetings has ended in a draw, with Real holding an overall 7-4 lead.
The first leg will be played in the Amsterdam ArenA on February 13, with the return in Madrid on March 5.
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