Classic European clash for Group E’s first place in Amsterdam

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Ajax will fight for first place with Bayern Munich in the 6th round of the Champions League group stage in Group E at the Johan Cruyff arena tonight.

Ajax are holding a brilliant season in Europe and can leave Bayern behind now. The Dutch are two points behind the Germans. This means that Erik ten Hag’s team needs to achieve three points in order to secure first place in the quartet. Bayern, in turn, can play a draw with no worries. Ajax have already realized their dream and reached the playoffs of the Champions League, but today they could really jump over their head. And the team will do absolutely everything in front of its fans to achieve this goal.

After this season, Ajax will surely part with a number of current team leaders. Frenkie De Jong is one of Europe’s most wanted and Matthijs de Ligt is considered one of the best centre-backs in the Champions League this season.  It is obvious that we won’t see such Ajax as today anymore. It will be incredibly difficult to replace de Ligt and de Jong. Besides, there are some other players who will also want to move to a more powerful European club. Ajax manager Eric ten Hag understands that he needs to squeeze the most out of the players he has and the coach has been doing this quite well so far.

And what about Bayern? Kovac is trying to convince everyone around that he is the right coach for the club. Things got better in Bundesliga, but it was still very far from success because the gap from Borussia was 9 points. The situation is acceptable in the Champions League, but Kovac will receive the next portion of criticism and new rumors about his dismissal in case of losing first place to Eric ten Hag’s team. The coach understands this and throws all his strength for the match against Ajax. Nobody will give first place to the Dutch team without a struggle.

Both teams have nothing to lose, so an open game with a lot of dangerous moments is expected.

Possible line-ups:

Ajax: Onana — Tagliafico, Blind, de Ligt, Mazraoui — de Jong, Schone, Van de Beek — Tadic, Huntelaar, Neres

Bayern Munich: Neuer — Rafinha, Zule, Boateng, Alaba — Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Muller, Ribery — Lewandowski

Referee: Clément Turpin

Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)

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