SHOWS: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (FEBRUARY 12, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) AJAX FORWARD, DUSAN TADIC, SAYING: "We are not in such a good moment, but this is football, sometimes you need to lose.
It's difficult to accept for us also.
But tomorrow is the next game.
We need to show ourselves in this great moment.
We need to stand up when it is most difficult." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, SANTI SOLARI, SAYING: "We have really good memories to this stadium, starting that Championship win, and hopefully we can continue that way.
We will start the match very seriously with a lot of respect towards our opponent, a really important team.
They are doing really well at present.
We have to be humble.
With the same spirit as in the last few matches we've had." STORY: Real Madrid were in The Netherlands on Tuesday (February 12) preparing for their last-16 first leg Champions League match with Dutch giants Ajax.
After an indifferent start to the season, Real, who have won the last three Champions League competitions, are now firing on all cylinders having climbed back into the La Liga title race and they will fancy their chances against an Ajax side that have won two of their last five games.
Madrid coach Santiago Solari, who has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the fixture, was coy about whether fullback Marcelo would be recalled to the side for the match at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday (February 13).
The Brazilian has lost his place under Solari to youngster Sergio Reguilon and has voiced his displeasure at his situation.
Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag described the visit of the Spanish side as a 'tremendous challenge' and the club's midfielder Dusan Tadic called on his team to overcome recent stuggles and get a result.