Two teams with impressive European pedigree meet at the first knockout stage of the premier European competition and sparks are expected to fly. The two are easily the most successful teams on the European stage in their own countries.
Moreover, they are both finding the going tougher than usual in their domestic competitions this season. As such, whoever comes out with a good result in this UEFA Champions League encounter will take it as a form of redemption to show their fans that their quest for glory is not ebbing out.
Real Madrid will go into the fixture as firm favorites to come out with a result. Indeed, history is firmly on the side of the Los Blancos. Over the last one and a half decades, the two sides have met eight times and the Spanish giants have won each and every one of those fixtures. Indeed, the reigning European champions seem to relish putting Ajax to the sword having only conceded twice in those 8