Ajax look to 1995 champions for inspiration ahead of Real Madrid tie

Tanya Simon
March 5, 2019

Solari took charge of Madrid in October past year and, although he has overseen a moderate improvement from the end of Julen Lopetegui's brief spell, in no way have they caught the imagination of supporters.

Jose Mourinho accused Real Madrid of lacking fight and looking unhappy just as the pressure cranked up on coach Santiago Solari after a second successive Clasico defeat yesterday morning (Singapore time).

But while Mourinho is grateful for their praise, he says there have been no talks about a return to the Bernabeu to replace Solari.

"Mr Calderon, obviously an ex-president of Real Madrid, I'm pretty sure that probably he has some general information about the club of his passion but he knows more than me. It was not the performance of a happy team", Mourinho added.

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"Clearly they are now in a zone after a few bad results, especially after the cup match". I will not name names but we need 20 goals from two or three players.

Luka Modric believes Ajax can cause his Real Madrid side problems in the second leg of their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Juventus were the last team to eliminate Real in a Champions League knockout phase, back in the 2014-15 semi-finals.

Los Blancos won the first leg in Amsterdam 2-1 and are the favorites to move on, but after a rough week in which they lost twice to rival Barcelona, this could be the chance for Ajax to kick them while they're down.

The idea is to find out the plans for the future of both gentlemen, before making a decision on who would be best suited to succeed at Real Madrid. If they can get a goal in the first half and take the lead, anything can happen.

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