resume their continental efforts on Thursday evening
when they square off in the first leg of their
Both clubs are currently competing for silverware in their respective leagues,
leaving it open to interpretation whether this competition is a distraction at this stage of the season.
Having posted four draws in five league fixtures
Ajax dropped off the pace in the Dutch top flight
but the introduction of
has instigated a change in fortunes.
Since stepping up from Ajax's second-string
the former defender has recorded four victories in succession
with 13 goals being netted during those quartet of fixtures.
Although Ajax have faced no team higher than fifth-placed FC Twente,