Haller hoping to lead his team to glory

Ajax striker Sebastien Haller says the sky is the limit for his team as they prepare to face Benfica in the first leg of their last-16 clash at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon (Benfica 7/2, Draw 3/1, Ajax 3/4 – Match Result).

Benfica’s only hopes of a trophy appear to come in this year’s Champions League, with Nelson Verissimo’s men 12 points behind league-leaders Porto at present.

They may struggle to get past the last-16 stage though, having drawn Ajax, who won all of their Group C matches.

Erik ten Hag’s troops have won four games in a row without conceding, while they have won ten in a row in all competitions.

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Ajax have a five-point cushion over PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, and their Champions League progress has been helped by Haller’s ten goals. The former West Ham man leads the way in the scoring charts, and he says the current squad are full of confidence and believe they can beat anyone in the competition.

He told the Guardian: “I may have broken some records, but mine will be broken as well. To me, it matters more that we keep winning.

“There is no limit for us,” he said. “Anything can happen, even in the Champions League.”

Benfica (11/4 to qualify) trio Haris Seferovic, Rodrigo Pinho and Lucas Verissimo will miss out through injury, while Brian Brobbey and Maarten Stekelenburg remain out of contention for Ten Hag.

Ajax are unbeaten in their previous three away games at Benfica, and they are 16/1 to get their hands on the trophy.

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Author: Paula Allen