UEFA Champions League 2018-19: 3 Players who can affect the outcome of Real Madrid vs Ajax tie
UEFA Champions League is back this week and Real Madrid will face Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena tonight. Real Madrid looks rejuvenated under the guidance of Santiago Solari and will look to win over a weakened Ajax.
It is crystal clear that Los Blancos are a different side than they were under Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked in December. They have climbed their way back into the 2nd spot in LaLiga and will look to continue their good form in the Champions League. Los Blancos' latest victory over arch-rivals Atletico Madrid is a testament to their improvement.
On the other hand, Ajax are second in the Dutch league and lost two out of their last three games, including a heavy 6-2 defeat against Feyenoord. Ajax have lost their last six games in European competition against Real Madrid but they are one of the five teams to stay unbeaten in the group stages of Champions League.
Without further ado, let us take a glimpse at three players who can change the tie the complexion of the tie with their performance.
#1 Karim Benzema
Arguably, Karim Benzema is the most in-form player for Los Blancos right now. It is no wonder that his brilliance coincided with Real Madrid's recent good run of form. He has scored 17 goals in all competitions so far and provided 4 assists for the Los Blancos this season.
There is no doubt that Karim Benzema can trouble any defense with his caliber. Benzema's knack of finding spaces while dropping deep and linking up with his teammates in the final third is one of his most underrated traits. His goal scoring prowess is back at it's best and only makes him the most dangerous threat on the pitch.
Benzema's superb goalscoring run in this season will be a major cause of concern for Ajax. Even without his goal scoring, he can dismantle defenses which his hold up play and brilliant runs into the box.