Inspiring Ajax stunned by Real Madrid sucker punch as defending champions find a way to win

Inspiring Ajax stunned by Real Madrid sucker punch as defending champions find a way to win

There is not a team better at finding a way to win than Real Madrid and the worry is, their powers are showing no signs of fading. The good luck holds, their belligerence is unyielding and their grip on the Champions League still unbroken.

The biggest compliment you can pay Real is they can win games like this, when they have been out-played and carved apart and they can do it whether they have played well or badly. A fourth successive Champions League is a distinct possibility.

This was so harsh on Ajax. They were a joy to behold, especially in the first half, but Real simply do not buckle. You put them under pressure, they absorb it all and then, when the moment comes, they deliver a strength-sapping counter-punch.

On chances created, Ajax should have won, if not easily, then at least with the appearance of it in terms of the scoreline. If only they could have been as precise with their finishing as they were in every other area.

Enjoy this Ajax team while you can. Its brilliance will be fleeting, their moment brief. They have already sold the crown jewel, Frenkie de Jong, to Barcelona, a fee of £75 million agreed for the 21 year-old ahead of a summer move.

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