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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus manager confirms 'unstoppable' superstar

17 April 2019

In an age of ever-increasing European dominance by the heavyweight clubs in Europe's five major leagues, Ajax - who were 250-1 outsiders at the start of the competition - are striking a blow for the forgotten nations by defying some of the favourites.

No one gave Ajax a prayer when they drew Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16.

"Being able to beat Real Madrid was a remarkable achievement and hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to have another memorable match", he warned.

Two teams of contrasting styles once again go head-to-head in the eagerly awaited second leg of their Champions League Quarter-Final bout.

The result will nearly certainly do nothing to stop Juventus romping to the lucrative Italian Serie A domestic league title, however, after the addition of Ronaldo in 2018 rendered them nearly untouchable this season.

Ajax stunned Juventus to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 comeback win in Turin.

Proceedings looked bleak for the Dutch club when they fell behind in the first half to a Cristiano Ronaldo header.

"We took a step more, now we have to think about La Liga and be champions as soon as possible, then we will prepare the games that follow as they should", he added.

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With Barcelona still on course for a treble having secured their progression to the semi-finals, Messi was also asked about the possibility of winning a third treble with the Blaugrana, but the 31-year-old refused to get carried away.

In Turin, meanwhile, Donny van de Beek cancelled out Ronaldo's opener before Matthijs de Ligt took the victor to let the Dutch visitors advance 3-2 overall.

"He's disappointed as we all are, but we can't be dragged down by this disappointment", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

The pressure finally told after 67 minutes as De Ligt towered above Alex Sandro and Daniele Rugani to head Lasse Schone's corner past a helpless Szczesny.

Ajax grew in confidence in the second half and had a number of chances to take the lead, with Szczesny making a couple of stellar saves to keep the game level.

"In the last month we have been struggling with several injuries - even tonight we were missing important players - so it was not easy to reach top form".

With Juventus looking to end their Champions League drought of 23 years, there is no player more suited to the task of carrying them all the way than the Portuguese forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus manager confirms 'unstoppable' superstar