Reporter’s view (Ediale Kingsley, nationaldailyng.com):
Who has the edge in tonight’s cracker? Ajax’s Amsterdam managed to draw the Cristiano Ronaldo led Juventus in the first leg. So there’s the away goal advantage already for Juve. while many people believe the real danger is CR7 (having scored 24 goals in 21 quarter-final games) I do believe the player to be feared the most in Juve is Bernardeschi. So yeah, Juventus have the benefit of an away goal, but know better than to take Real Madrid’s vanquishers lightly.
Frenkie de Jong doubtful with hamstring problem. Ajax have not won at Juventus in five attempts. Winners face Spurs or Manchester City in semis
Juventus: Szczęsny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Emre Can, Pjanić, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Kean, Ronaldo
Out: Mandžukić (knee), Chiellini (calf), Cáceres (thigh), Perin (shoulder)
Doubtful: Douglas Costa (thigh)
Misses next match if booked: Bernardeschi, Matuidi
Ajax: Onana; Veltman, De Ligt, Blind, Mazraoui; Schöne, Van de Beek, De Jong; Ziyech, Tadić, Neres
Out: Bandé (calf), Tagliafico (suspended)
Doubtful: De Jong (hamstring)
Misses next match if booked: Blind, De Jong, De Ligt, Schöne, Van de Beek, Ziyech
Ronaldo v De Ligt: Matthijs de Ligt gave another solid showing in the first leg but could not prevent Ronaldo scoring with his first real opening. “Ronaldo is a predator in the box,” the 19-year-old centre-back said. “He sees an opportunity, just a tiny gap, and he is on it incredibly quickly.” De Ligt is a fast learner; if he can keep CR7 quiet for 90 minutes, Ajax will have a much bigger chance of reaching the last four.