UEFA Champions League 2018-19: 3 reasons why Ajax will lose to Juventus in the quarterfinals
#1. Juve's ultimate desire this season
Juventus have secured seven Scudettos in seven successive seasons and are almost certain of the eighth one. However, according to their president Fabio Paratici, the main target for 2019 is to win the Champions League.
Even Massimiliano Allegri would see the European Cup as the icing on the cake of his Juventus career after winning the Scudetto for the fifth time at the end of the campaign.
He has delayed his contract talks until the end of the term even though the Bianconeri are ready to offer him a new contract mid-season. The players too are hungry for success after losing a record seven finals in the competition winning it just twice.
Recent recruitments of experienced players like Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo for record fees despite their domestic dominance further prove their hunger for the coveted trophy. The former has not performed well for the Old Lady but there are others such as Emre Can fighting for the team.
The determination in their games this season as proven in the group stage and in the Round Of 16 show that Juventus are ready to hunt down any team. Ajax needs to understand that the Bianconeri are a team on a mission and it will take much more than just talent and youthful vigour but determination, persistence, and courage to play against this Juventus team who would do anything to win the competition they last won in 1996.