Juventus shares slump after Champions League defeat

TURIN Juventus players run during a practice session at the Juventus Training Center on Monday ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Ajax.—Reuters

TURIN Juventus players run during a practice session at the Juventus Training Center on Monday ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Ajax.—Reuters

Juventus signed Ronaldo in the offseason in the hope of ending a 23-year wait for the Champions League but one goal from the Portugal star wasn't enough against the Dutch team, which erased a first-half deficit and largely dominated the final 45 minutes.

"Juventus are different to Real Madrid, we already discussed that before the first leg, as they have a different style of football".

There must have been an odd moment of realisation for Cristiano Ronaldo either sometime last night or possibly when he woke up this morning of not being in the Champions League semi final.

"We have incredible talents and, for our nation, it will get better and better", said manager Erik ten Hag.

A young Ajax team that included players who weren't born when either of the first Toy Story films were released.

"I was going a bit insane because we couldn't convert any of the chances".

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Playmaker Paulo Dybala, in particular, seems to have been inhibited by Ronaldo's presence and the Argentine's season took another frustrating turn on Tuesday when he was taken off at halftime with a thigh injury. As a result, Ronaldo is stuck on five Champions League titles, giving Messi a chance to tie him.

Juventus heaved a huge sigh of relief when Neres broke through and Van De Beek set up Ziyech inside the penalty area. Dominant in the air and extraordinarily strong in the tackle, De Ligt is confident when distributing the ball.

Ajax´s Danish midfielder Lasse Schone (R) celebrates at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Juventus vs Ajax Amsterdam on April 16, 2019 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.

And the 19-year-old, who was not born when Ajax last reached the last four, was left stunned by what he and his team-mates had achieved.

Juventus have put their bid to wrap up an eighth consecutive Serie A title on the back burner as they focus on their European ambitions.

Better still, the boss has his treasure chest of happy memories to open from his part in the Red Devils' 1999 Champions League final win in the Camp Nou against Bayern Munich. "Now we have to reset everything and concentrate on Saturday to bring the Scudetto home".

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