Jose Mourinho is a tactical mastermind and has been a serial winner for whichever club he has managed and his records speak for itself. Mourinho’s record against Ajax will thrill every red devil fan in the world. The Portuguese has never lost a match against the Dutch supergiant Ajax.
In the past 6 games he played against Ajax, all of them as manager of Los Blancos in the Champions League, he has been victorious on all the occasions.
After having heart in the mouth final seconds of the second leg in Europa semi-finals, Manchester United look to play Ajax in the final which is to be held in Stockholm. On being asked about the status of his team and whether he believes he can continue the run, the master tactician said the following:
“It means nothing. A final is a final and I played Ajax with Real Madrid all the six matches. It will be difficult. They are a young team, strong team and they finish their league this weekend.”
Having to play 3 games in space of 12 days, a diminishing squad and growing injury list are major issue to the Portuguese and he has to deliver another tactical masterstroke if they are to win the Europa league which also happens to be route to Champions League next year.
Ajax on the other side, boast a young squad with average age around 22 and having 12 days to prepare for the finals might just have upper hands on the trophy capital of England.
Let us have look at every game Jose has played against Ajax with Real Madrid:
1. Real Madrid 2-0 Ajax ( 2010-11 season)
Los Blancos and Ajax were put in the same group in the same group (Group G) in 2010-11 season. Jose Mourinho played a very strong squad against Dutch side with a very attacking mindset as it was the very year he signed for Real Madrid.
Ajax struck the hammer in their own head with a surprisingly own goal scored by Vurnon Vurnon Anita. Gonzalo Higuain sealed the game in later minutes to end the game 2-0.
2. Ajax 0- 4 Real Madrid ( 2010-11 season)
It was reverse fixture of the same group in the same season and match was staged in Amsterdam Arena. This time the Tactician came up a counter-attacking style of football having learned from the previous game. The home team could not bare the quality of opponents and the speed of attacks. A Cristiano Ronald brace and goal each from Benzema and Arbeloa sealed the deal for the Spanish team.
3. Real Madrid 3-0 Ajax (2011-12 season)
For the second consecutive year, Ajax and Real Madrid were put in the same group (group d)
The first game was played in the Spanish Capital at Santiago Bernabeu, where Jose clearly justified his tag of being a master tactician. The Stars of Madrid in Kaka, Benzema and Ronaldo scored a goal each and the strong midfield trio of Ozil, Khedira and Xabi Alonso maintained their structure and pressure despite high line defense.
4. Ajax 0- 3 Real Madrid (2011-12)
Mourinho had now understood the secret formula to beat the Dutch side and his team were almost certain of qualifying for round of 16, he decided to go with a weakened side at the Amsterdam Arena. The score remained the same as it was in the reverse fixture at the Spanish Capital. Callejon scored twice and Higuain scored the third to finish off the tie with ease and comfort.
5. Ajax 1 – 4 Real Madrid (2012-13 season)
Ajax and Real Madrid just could not be separated in the group stages of the Champions League and it just seems to be a routine was the Men in White to sink the Dutch Boat. A Ronaldo hattrick sunk Ajax at their home turf despite a the Ajax keeper giving his best and making amazing saves. Real Madrid were assertive and dominated the entire game.
6. Real Madrid 4 – 1 Ajax (2012-13 Season)
It was a reverse fixture at Santiago Bernabeu but the result was similar. Callejon scored a brace and the Superstars Ronaldo and Kaka scored one goal each in and relatively easy game as Frank de Boer’s side could not repel the Los Blancos who had found a tested formula of pressing and attacking on the break. Ajax were thwarted for the round of 16 spot once again by the Real Madrid.