Ten Hag surprises: 4-4-2 and Blind on midfield

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Ajax will play a different formation than the usual 4-2-3-1; this time the Amsterdam side will line up with a strengthened midfield and two strikers. Blind has been moved up to midfield and Martínez will form a centre-back duo with Schuurs.

The two-man strikeforce is led by Dusan Tadić and David Neres. The latter was in the starting eleven last Sunday against sc Heerenveen for the first time this season.

Furthermore, the Ajax starters consist of the expected names. This means that Edson Álvarez and Quincy Promes will once again have to settle for a spot on the bench. Newcomer Mohammed Kudus makes his debut as a starting player in the Champions League.

Antony and Jurriën Timber won’t be a part of the squad tonight, both are deemed “not fit” by ten Hag.

Line-up: Onana; Mazraoui, Schuurs, Martinez, Tagliafico; Gravenberch, Kudus, Klaassen, Blind; Neres, Tadic

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