Ajax vs. Real Madrid: 5 Things We Learned from the Champions League Match

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Ajax vs. Real Madrid: 5 Things We Learned from the Champions League Match
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Real Madrid were once again threatened by a significantly weaker side, but a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick—his second in four days—grabbed three important points away to Ajax in the Champions League.

Ronaldo found himself hobbling as the game ran down to a close, certainly something that would have left plenty of Real Madrid supporters sweating ahead of the Clasico this Sunday. But he was statistically the frontrunner of a very impressive attack.

In the "group of death" of this season's Champions League group stage, Real Madrid needed to take all the points from their trip to the Amsterdam Arena. It was a weakened Dutch side, and Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid's next opponents, won't be so charitable in defence.

Rotation and plenty of good signs from one or two "squad" members in Jose Mourinho's team. On the whole, he would have been satisfied with what turned out to be a big win for his Spanish Champions.

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