09/14/2021 at 9:00 PM CEST
Lisbon’s José Alvalade opens the Champions League curtain today with a duel between two European football classics, Sporting and Ajax, the Portuguese and Dutch league champions respectively, two teams called to great things this season.
For the Lisboners, it will be their first participation in the group stage since 2017 and they hope not to disappoint their fans in this return to the top European competition. A return that is also a milestone for Portuguese football, which from that same course did not place three teams in the competition. In this 21/22, Sporting, Benfica and Porto once again represent Portugal in the Champions League.
At home, they add 22 games without knowing defeat, in all competitions. Ruben Amorim he will not be able to count on his captain for this important duel Sebastian coates, which complies with sanction or with Pot, injured. Gonçalo Inacio is doubt.
For their part, Ajax arrives with good feelings in the league debut, with 13 goals in four games. Have hag will not be able to count for this meeting with Klaassen, but it is available again Stekelenburg, goes down in the duel against Zwolle due to discomfort. The technician also recovers the Argentines Tagliaphic and Martinez, who rested in the league after their duels with the national team.
The only precedent between the two was in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup, with Sporting 4-2.
Sporting: Adam; Esgaio, Neto, Feddal; Joint, Palhinha, Matheus Nunes, Vinegar; Jovane, Paulinho, Nuno Santos
Ajax: Pasveer; Mazraoui, Timber, Blind, Tagliafico; Gravenberch, Klaassen, Álvarez; Berghuis, Haller, Tadi & cacute;
Referee: José María Sánchez (Spain).
Stadium: José Alvalade. 21.00h.