Make no mistake about it, Real Madrid are football royalty. They have been crowned European Champions for the last three seasons and even now, as they undergo a season of transition, they are exceptionally dangerous. If Real Madrid are kings, however, then Ajax are princes of the game. Long held up as an example of how to develop youth players we are seeing Ajax start to play on the field as well as they are regarded off of it.
At Real Madrid, we have seen significant unrest this season. When club legend Zinedine Zidane chose to step down at the end of last season he did so after winning the Champions League over Liverpool. The club originally turned to the Spanish national team coach Julen Lopetegui. It was, however, quickly apparent that the Spaniard was out of his depth and the club and he has since been replaced by the former Ream Madrid player Santiago Solari.
Ajax, on the other hand, are relatively stable this season. Dutch coach Erik ten Hag was appointed last season and is now in his first full season in charge at the club.
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