Champions League: Real’s Vinicius To Start Against Ajax

Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior is expected to start Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Ajax.

The 18-year-old Brazilian, signed from Flamengo in a deal worth £38.7m, has started the last two games, relegating Gareth Bale to the bench.

“His adaptation has been very fast,” Real manager Santiago Solari said. “He has adapted to a new country, a new culture, a different type of football.”

Solari could field the starting 11 that beat Atletico Madrid at the weekend, leaving no room for Bale despite the Wales international scoring his 100th goal for the club in that game.

They are without Jesus Vallejo and Luca Zidane who are still sidelined with hamstring problems, while Marcos Llorente is out with a groin injury and Isco has not recovered from a back and neck issue.

Ajax are likely to start with top scorer Dusan Tadic, who has 22 goals in all competitions this season, 11 of those coming in his last 12 games.

The Dutch side, who are second in the Eredivisie, have lost two of their last three league games, including a humiliating 6-2 defeat to Feyenoord.

Matthijs de Ligt, 19, and Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong are also fit to play in the club’s first Champions League knockout game in 13 years.


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