"Ajax are playing very well this season. They have a mixture of youth and experience and they had an excellent group stage and almost finished first. They have a great style of play, they like to have the ball and have an offensive mentality. A bit like us. That battle for the control of the game and the ball will be one of the keys to winning the tie".
"They will be very motivated for a game like this and we must bear in mind that they’ve not reached the knockout stages for a long time, they’re facing Real Madrid, the current European champion, and it’ll be a great challenge. At home they are especially strong. We’ll have to try to get a good result there so that with the support of the Bernabéu we can qualify for quarters, which is our objective".
Club World Cup
"We faced Kashima two years ago in the final in the Club World Cup in Tokyo and we all remember how difficult it was to win that game. They took us to extra time. They’re a team with very fast players. They’re going to make it difficult for us and we’ll have to put in a big performance on every level to make it to the final, which is what we want and it’s our objective".