Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong is looking forward to the challenge of facing Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Ajax knocked out Real Madrid in the last round and head into Wednesday’s clash full of confidence after three straight league wins which has seen them move top of the Eredivisie.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, De Jong said, “We are in a good rhythm and can show people what we can do at the highest level. The atmosphere makes such matches fantastic and we have to compliment the fans for that. It really helps us.”

De Jong wants the fans to get behind them on Wednesday, “Because I rate Juventus a little higher than Real Madrid. Don’t get me wrong, Real is a top club and has not won the Champions League so often for nothing, but this season the form is somewhat less. Juventus is one of the favourites for the title.

“I am curious how we will deal with this. It is a great challenge. If we reach our normal level, we can also make it difficult for Juventus”

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