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Frank De Boer spoke to the press Tuesday lunchtime / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB

[[DES_1]]Ajax Amsterdam manager Frank De Boer spoke to the press today about his second meeting with FC Barcelona in less than a fortnight, commenting that he does not believe that the 3-1 scoreline from the first game will condition his approach on Wednesday night. "We need to have respect for any team, but that doesn’t mean we’re scared” he said. “We always play confidently, whether that’s in training or league matches, and now we have to apply the same to the Champions League.”

Last year, Barça lost 2-1 at the Amsterdam Arena, but the circumstances were very different as the Catalans had already qualified. De Boer believes that to win this time “we’ll have to play the best game in our history. Last year we didn’t let them breathe. So let’s see what happens tomorrow. We have nothing to lose.”

Suárez will feel a little like the Arena is his own stadiumThe game will also mark the return to Amsterdam of Luis Suárez, who was at Ajax for three and a half years. "Suárez will think of the Arena being partly his own stadium” commented the Ajax boss. “This is where he started making a name for himself.”

Second in Eredivise

Ajax are currently second in the Dutch Eredivise, behind leaders PSV, after a convincing 4-0 win over Dordrecht at the weekend. The form players at the moment include midfielder Thulani Serero, who got one of the goals against Barça last season, full back Boilese and most of all Denmark’s Lasse Schöne, who is capable of causing all kinds of trouble for the Barça defence tomorrow.


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