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Real Madrid vs Ajax: Spanish giants poised to maintain their comeback form

September 27, 2011 By Angela Asante
If Real Madrid don’t emerge victorious against Ajax on Tuesday night, call the result a surprising one. There’s a victory in prospect for Mourinho’s Champions League soldiers.
According to Jose Mourinho, “when you've had a week worth of negative results, what the team needs is to have a good start, to score and to be relaxed.” This is exactly what Real Madrid did against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.

The promoted side went in front only seconds after the kick-off but the Spanish giants exhibited their Madridismo in style. A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo, a goal each from French boys Varane and Benzema as well as a strike from Gonzalo Higuain saw Real Madrid turning the tables around.

Answers concerning the Spanish giants’ poor results away to Levante and Racing Santander in La Liga may differ among pundits and fans.

Either way, like Jose Mourinho, Emilio Butragueno was one of those who refused to describe that negative two-game run as the beginnings of a crisis. In an interview with the Spanish press, the Real Madrid legend rejected the feeling of panic among the club by stating:

“We must always have the peace of mind that we have a great squad and a great coach, and play like we have a final every three days.”

If this is the case, it should be correct to consider Real Madrid vs Ajax as a final for the Spanish giants. The UEFA Champions League is indeed a priority for Los Blancos who have made considerable progress since the past few years.

Acknowledging the influence of “the Special One” at the Santiago Bernabeu, club president Florentino Perez recently declared as reported on Real Madrid’s official website:

“We believe in this team and in the best coach in the world: Jose Mourinho. He has assumed what it means to be Real Madrid's coach and he has a high level of empathy and compromise with the club.

“His Madridismo is unquestionable. We want the dream of winning our 10th European Cup title to come true soon. We should remember the team wasn't even a top seeder in the Champions League when this new era at the club began two years ago.

“Last season we reached the semi-finals, something that hadn't happened since the 2002-03 campaign. We took more points than any other side in the group stage, and were the top scoring team and conceded the least.”

Real Madrid are simply unbeatable at the Santiago Bernabeu as statistics can prove it. Since 2009, only Barcelona can boast about having a relatively good record in that stadium.

It’s hard to imagine Ajax upsetting favorites Madrid on Tuesday night. Los Blancos have everything to make it two wins out of two matches in the UEFA Champions League.

Coach Jose Mourinho is benefiting from everyone’s support whereas the atmosphere at the camp is positive following last weekend’s comeback victory over Rayo. Why and how could Los Blancos lose points to a team like Ajax?

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