Ajax-trainer Erik ten Hag.
The last time the Amsterdam club to the group stage survived dates back thirteen years ago, when trainer Danny Blind and his players behind Arsenal in second place in a group with FC Thun and Sparta Prague.
Ajax joins in the final sixteen clubs in the Champions League if it wins in Athens, or if Benfica do not triumph at Bayern Munich. Ajax had in 1995, 1996 and 2005, after five group matches are sure of a place in the second round.
Ajax only victory at AEK placed directly
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Ajax is all of ten European matches in a row undefeated, after six victories and four draws this season in the preliminaries and the main tournament of the Champions League. Between 1994 and 1996, the club from Amsterdam, but less than 21 European matches in a row unbeaten. That is still a European record.
Ajax has been waiting for twelve uitduels in the main draw of the Champions League on a win. The last uitzege at the highest European level dates back to 18 October 2011, when Dinamo Zagreb was defeated (2-0). PSV was three years ago, the last Dutch club that managed to overwinter in the Champions League.