Juventus vs Ajax | 16 April 2019

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Juventus v Ajax

Ajax say they will not worry about man marking Cristiano Ronaldo in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg in Turin, despite a warning from Juventus boss Max Allegri that his star player was only half fit when he scored in Amsterdam last week.

"I'm confident because of the way we are playing and training".

The Italian champions are favourites to progress thanks to Ronaldo's away goal during the 1-1 draw six days ago, when the Portugal forward played for the first time since injuring his thigh during last month's global fixtures.

"From a physical point of view he's better, he's got great skill and quality and during a match becomes a different player".

Juventus are looking to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the third time in the past five seasons, also making the last four in 2014-15 and 2016-17.

"Ronaldo captain? If (Paulo) Dybala plays it will be Dybala otherwise it will be (Leonardo) Bonucci", said Allegri.

"Mandzukic was not called up because he had a knee problem. We must also show the same intensity we showed against Atlético". If one of Kean and Dybala plays, then one of De Sciglio and Cancelo will be left out. 'Frenkie himself will have to decide if he is ready, and eventually I decide.

Douglas Costa missed the weekend clash with a hamstring problem but could return to be among the substitutes.

"I watched the game on TV, it's impressive how they play, but we're not afraid of them and we want to play our game and win tomorrow." said the German. "We have to go with the same attitude as game against Atletico. [Compared to the team that played in the 2017 UEFA Europa League final] We are stronger and we are showing it game by game". "For sure we won't play for 0-0". We will have to be at our best both physically and technically. "Juventus are the favourites, especially after the Amsterdam result". However, with their fans behind them in Turin, and Cristiano Ronaldo having scored 24 goals in 21 quarter-final games, the Bianconeri certainly have the edge.

"Being able to beat Real Madrid was a remarkable achievement and hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to have another memorable match", he warned. But the team has developed to such an extent that we can compete with these giants'.

Ajax have been eliminated on two of the three previous occasions they have drawn the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie at home, most recently in the 2005-06 last 16 against Inter Milan.

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