Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari has said his side missed Sergio Ramos on Tuesday evening in their Champions League defeat to Ajax.
Heading into this tie, Madrid had lost back-to-back defeats to Barcelona but they held the advantage over Ajax having won the first leg 2-1 in Amsterdam.
The game started in frantic style and slightly against the run of play – the visitors broke the deadlock to silence the Santiago Bernabeu through Hakim Ziyech.
10 minutes later and things would go from bad to worse for Madrid as they allowed Ajax to score again and take the lead in the tie, this time through the impressive David Neres, who expertly chipped the ball over Thibaut Courtois.
Former Southampton man Dusan Tadic would then get in on the act as everyone inside the Bernabeu looked shocked and stunned, including those travelling Ajax fans.
Madrid now had to do the unthinkable and their was some hope when Marco Asensio struck with twenty minutes remaining.
But, a superb free-kick from Lasse Schone beat Courtois at his far post and the game was put to bed by the visitors.
Nacho was sent off in stoppage time as Madrid attempted to spring a comeback but it was too little too late and the game ended, thus ending Madrid’s three year reign as European champions.
“We do not want to speak badly of our players, but it is clear we missed our captain,” Solari said, referencing the absent Sergio Ramos, who delibaretely got booked in the first leg.
“I arrived in this position at a tough moment and I will not surrender in our objective, this is a difficult season but we now must show our character and desire more than ever.
“Anyone can do well in an easy moment but it is the true greats who show their ability in the difficult times, they show their bravery and will come back stronger than before.
“Dani Carvajal’s comments? He spoke in the heat of the moment, he was showing his desire and we still have La Liga in our season.”