There are few clubs with a history to match that of Ajax, but the Dutch side is in the process of writing a new chapter in Amsterdam with Erik ten Hag taking it to within sight of a first treble since the days of Johan Cruyff.
Juventus has been sent back to the drawing board after its Champions League ambitions were shattered by an Ajax Amsterdam side whose transfer spending this season has been roughly one fifth of its own.
Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead Juventus' old guard as they look to finish the job on Tuesday against Ajax's impressive young guns in a quarterfinal clash between two sides desperate to end years of Champions League heartbreak.
Usually if Real Madrid suffered back-to-back Clásico defeats to a table-topping Barcelona side at the Santiago Bernabeu, and then a Champions League elimination at home to – and this is meant only in terms of finance and expectation – relative minnows, you would fear for the manager’s future.
The Champions League last-16 first-leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday is an intriguing clash of two European heavyweights which have made young players central to their strategies, but for very different reasons.