Mexican Edson 脕lvarez overcame an illness and will return to the pitch to play in the Champions League


Mexican soccer player Edson 脕lvarez, player and key figure of Ajax Amsterdam.

Mexican soccer player Edson 脕lvarez, player and key figure of Ajax Amsterdam.

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Ajax coach Erik ten Hag hinted on Monday that the Mexican Edson Alvarez is available for the round of 16 match UEFA champions league (UCL) against Benfica.

鈥淭he squad is totally fit,鈥 said the coach at the press conference prior to Tuesday鈥檚 match at the Johan Cruyff Arena when asked about possible casualties.

脕lvarez missed last Friday鈥檚 Eredivisie match against Cambuur due to illness.

Ten Hag said that the three players who make up Ajax鈥檚 defensive triangle in midfield 鈥 脕lvarez, Timber and Argentina鈥檚 Lisandro Mart铆nez 鈥 鈥渉ave blended and complemented each other and have qualities to strengthen each other.鈥

The injury to goalkeeper Remko Pasveer has led the coach to rely on Andr茅 Onana for the last Eredivisie games, who is emerging as a starter against Benfica. The Dutch coach assured that there are few differences between the two because 鈥渋n general they have the same profiles鈥.

The first leg in Lisbon was a draw (2-2), so another tie would lead to an extra time and, if the result remained the same, a penalty shootout.

Ten Hag said that the players 鈥渉ave not specifically trained鈥 shooting from eleven meters, because they practice them 鈥渁ll season long鈥, although he acknowledged that he has 鈥渁 ready list鈥 with possible shooters.

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