Juventus told by Jose Mourinho why to be WARY of Ajax in Champions League return leg

Juventus told by Jose Mourinho why to be WARY of Ajax in Champions League return leg

That is the view of former Manchester United and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who says that the Dutch giants are playing with no pressure.

The two teams meet in Turin on Tuesday for the return leg after drawing 1-1 in Amsterdam last Wednesday.

A Cristiano Ronaldo goal on the stroke of half-time put the Italian champions in charge of the tie but Ajax came roaring back.

A brilliant David Neres strike just moments into the second-half had Juventus worried and it was Ajax who looked the most likely to bag a winner.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho says Ajax can beat Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final second leg (Pic: GETTY)

And while the Old Lady will be confident of getting the job done back on their own patch, Mourinho has had a word of warning for Massimiliano Allegri’s team.

The Portuguese says there is no pressure on Ajax and insists that they could even go all the way in the competition.

“I think Ajax are the team where there is no pressure in this competition,” Mourinho told RT.

“Bayern were there to win it, Paris Saint-Germain were there to win it, all the English teams are there to win it.

Juventus-Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to get the job done against Ajax in Turin (Pic: GETTY)

“Nobody says Ajax they are there to win it, but they can”

Jose Mourinho

“Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were there to win.

“But Ajax nobody says that they are there to win it, but they can.

“In this moment they are a better team than they were two years ago. They have two or three players with more experience.


Ajax have proved a lot of people wrong this season (Pic: GETTY)

“Of course going to Juventus is a difficult challenge for them but it is possible.”

This season is seen by many as Ajax’s best chance of winning the Champions League and rolling back the years.

The club won three consecutive European Cup’s in 1971, 1972, and 1973 while their ‘Golden Generation’ of stars also won it in 1995, ironically beating Juventus in the final.

Frenkie de Jong

Ajax star Frenkie de Jong will join Barcelona in the summer (Pic: GETTY)

With star midfielder Frenkie de Jong leaving to join Barcelona in the summer and teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt also likely to depart, many feel that now is their best opportunity to win another.

The club were rocked by an injury scare to De Jong in their 6-2 Eredivisie win over Excelsior at the weekend, however.

Coach Erik ten Hag said after the game that it was too early to say whether he would be available to face Juventus.