Real Madrid team news vs Ajax – Madrid likely to be in more advantage over ajax as both teams go head to head in the Champions League on Tuesday night but difficult team selection for Madrid boss Santiago Solari in his team selection.
The headline act is Gareth Bale who was booed off after starting Saturday’s 1-0 defeat in La Liga by Barcelona – their second loss to their bitter rivals in just four days after a 3-0 reverse in the Copa del Rey.
Gareth Bale failed to find the back of the net in Madrids 1-2 first leg victory over the Dutch Team, in a win where the only goals for Madrid where put in by Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio.
The Welshman has been mostly used from the bench in recent weeks and might be relegated back there after failing to stake a place for a first-team place against Barca. This has made Gareth Bale a less preferred starting option for Madrid manager Solari.
The Madrid team will have to make do without Ramos for the second leg and the first leg of the quarter-final if they Scale through.
He was suspended for this game after being shown a yellow card in the first leg and his ban was extended by one match after he was found to have picked up the booking deliberately.
Solari has no more injury or suspension worries but goes into the clash as a man under pressure after two high-profile defeats.
Consecutive defeats from Spanish giants Barcelona has put the Real Madrid manager on undue pressure, The Champions League competition is now an opportunity for more silver wares for the club as they have clearly fallen out of favour in their domestic League and the Copa del Rey.
Speculation surrounding his future is mounting, especially with an out-of-work Jose Mourinho reportedly waiting in the wings.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has been linked with a return to the club but Solari insists he is not fazed.
“This club has always had more suitors than Julia Roberts, it’s quite normal,” he said.
Luka Modric is certain to start against Ajax at the Bernabeu and he says the spirit in the camp remains high despite recent disappointments.
“For us a Champions League match is always very important and especially tomorrow’s game against a very good team who are young and ambitious,” he said.
“Losing two games against your biggest rival is not something that makes you feel good.
“We’re hurt, but the important thing is that tomorrow’s game comes very soon and there is no time to dwell on it.
“We have to focus on the Champions League and try to forget what happened and put in a good performance, try to win. We’re ready.
“We’ve worked well these last two days. In the games against Barca, especially in the cup, we did badly and that’s why I think we have to continue and trust that the goals will come.
“We’re in good spirits even though we have lost these two games.”
Real Madrid predicted line up: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Reguilon; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Vinicius; Benzema