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Ajax away in the Champions League is no walk in the park, but it certainly doesn't write the headlines in the same way that a game against Manchester City or Barcelona would. An obvious and greater telling of the fall of the Dutch team's reputation.
But where are Real Madrid and the need to get three absolutely crucial points? The group of death won't be as charitable in the future to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to grab a late winner in the dying minutes of a 3-2 thriller.
But from the game at the Amsterdam Arena, only the front three of Ronaldo, Karim benzema and Kaka really covered themselves in undeniable glory.
Did Jose Callejon do enough to warrant another start in Jose Mourinho's team anytime soon? He was hooked on 60 minutes for Angel Di Maria, who was much improved against Deportivo on the weekend.
But it's still not good enough from the entire squad. The mentality is not right, and the desire to put the game to bed by the hour mark is worryingly lacking.
Is it lacking in respect for Ajax? Certainly not. Real Madrid are the Spanish champions with an array of talent that Ajax could only dream of, and even then, it would still seem ridiculous.
The defence and attack looked really disjointed, and not in that "we'll hold the fort while you bag the goals" sort of way.
Real Madrid's attack was exceptional and really ensured all three points were going back to Spain. But at the same time, they would have been grateful that Ajax's attack was so wasteful.
These are the games that Real need to look far more comfortable in. The 4-1 final score doesn't tell the whole story.