Dusan Tadic is hopeful that Ajax will be able to compete against Real Madrid in the eighth finals of the Champions League on Wednesday despite the poor results of the last few weeks.
"If we play as against Heerenveen, Feyenoord or Heracles, we will be punished hard," said Tadic, who went down with a weak Ajax on Saturday in Almelo (1-0).
"But we have shown this season against Bayern Munich and Benfica that we can attack and defend as a team, and if we get the level of those duels again, we always have a chance and we can also make it difficult for Real."
Ajax won only two of the five games after the winter break. Against sc Heerenveen (4-4), Feyenoord (6-2) and thus Heracles (1-0), points were lost in a painful way.
Earlier this season, Tadic, with 22 goals and 13 assists, played Ajax's most valuable player, as center striker against Bayern. The Serbian does not rule out such a role against Real either. "That could be another option, I play where the trainer needs me."
Dusan Tadic, Matthijs de Ligt and Rasmus Kristensen leave the field disillusioned after the defeat at Heracles. (Photo: ProShots)
'Real is favorite for every match'
Tadic realizes that Ajax is the underdog for the first game in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. Real is back in shape after a lesser period. "If the big duels come, they will always be there, they have won the Champions League four times in the last five years," said the attacker.
"It's hard to believe that Real is a favorite for every game, against whom they also play, but they only have a 50 percent chance of visiting Barcelona in great form."
Ajax reached the eighth finals of the Champions League in a strong first half of the season by finishing second in a group with Bayern, Benfica and AEK Athens. The Amsterdammers are back in the knock-out phase after thirteen years.
The home game against Real starts on Wednesday at 21:00. At the same time the kick-off at Tottenham Hotspur-Borussia Dortmund. Tuesday, all AS Roma-FC Porto and Manchester United-Paris Saint-Germain are on the program.
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