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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Ajax hope De Jong will be fit

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Ajax's Frenkie de Jong
Ajax's Frenkie de Jong

Ajax Amsterdam are hopeful that midfielder Frenkie de Jong will be fit to face Juventus in tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg clash, according to coach Erik ten Hag.

The 21-year-old went off after just 22 minutes of the Dutch league game against Excelsior Rotterdam on Saturday clutching his hamstring but coach Ten Hag said it was a precaution.

"We will see, we are positive he can play," he said. "We took him off for prevention, we hope he can play but we will see if it is possible. We will see after this evening's training."

De Jong, who moves to Barcelona at the end of the season, had an impressive showing in last week's clash in Amsterdam which ended 1-1.

The coach said he was confident his team could pull off another upset after eliminating holders Real Madrid in the round of 16.

"I'm confident because of the way we are playing and training. We are stronger and we are showing it game by game," he said.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri wants the same intensity his team showed in beating Atletico Madrid in the previous round.

Juventus overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit with a 3-0 second leg win over Atletico, although a goalless draw will suffice this time after last week's 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, Allegri was under no illusions.

"The first leg result counts for nothing," he said, adding that Juventus needed to improve on their display in Amsterdam.

"We need to be more lucid with our passing and we need to be more accurate in building attacks which we did less well in Amsterdam, and we must show great respect for Ajax."

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