Ajax beats Valencia for second straight win in Champions League – TSN

Ajax beats Valencia for second straight win in Champions League - TSN
No Dutch team has ever won at the Mestalla
Albert Celades made his FC Barcelona debut under Johan Cruyff, Ajaxs emblematic figure. The now Valencia coach will have his team face the lastest generation of players that have been brought up under the methods of the legendary Dutch coach.

Johan Cruyff called the Quinta del Mini the group formed, among others, by Roger García, Óscar García, Velamazán, De la Peña and Albert Celades. The latter was considered in Barcelona as the Dutch coachs right-hand man.

Celades made his First Division debut with FC Barcelona in 1995, the same year Louis Van Gaal led Ajax to win their fourth – and to date, last – European Cup. A whim of fate, the midfielder would meet the coach two years later at the Camp Nou.

On Wednesday, Celades hosts Ajaxs lastest generation of players in Mestalla, a cross between generations who have been brought up with the style Johan Cruyff inoculated in both world football capitals. However, romanticism apart, Valencia will want to give continuity to its performance in London after a decent performance in last years Champions League. 

Valencia play Ajax at the Mestalla on Matchday 2 of the Champions League on Wednesday and have never lost at home to a Dutch side.

Los Che have played at home 6 times to Dutch sides, including Ajax, winning 4 and drawing 2 whilst scoring 15 and conceding 5.

The first Dutch side to visit the Mestalla was in 1999. PSV Eindhoven lost 1-0 with Claudio López scoring the only goal, and in 2000-01 Heerenveen came to town and drew 1-1 with Diego Alonso scoring for the hosts.

After drawing 1-1 with Ajax through an Angulo goal in 2002-2003, the other matches ended in home wins: 4-0 against Roda in the 2005 Intertoto Cup, 4-2 against PSV and 4-0 against AZ Alkmaar in the 2011-12 Europa League.