Felix Brych will referee the second leg of the Champions League last-sixteen between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabéu (Tuesday 9:00pm CET). It will be the ninth time the German official has refereed the Whites in this competition. The last time came in last season’s Champions League last-sixteen return leg between Real Madrid and PSG at the Parc des Princes (1-2).
His first game involving Real Madrid came in the 2009/10 campaign, in a 1-1 draw with Milan at the San Siro in the Group Stage. In 2010/11, he oversaw the 4-0 win over Tottenham in the quarter-finals. At the same stage in 2011/12, he refereed the win over APOEL (0-3). In 2012/13 he took charge of the 1-1 with Manchester United at home in the last-sixteen; in 2013/14, it was the win in Copenhagen in the Group Stage (0-2), and 2014/15 saw him take charge of the 1-0 quarter-final win over Atlético. Prior to last season’s clash with PSG, he also oversaw the Champions League final 2016/17, which saw Real Madrid win la Duodécima against Juventus. UEFA have assigned the German official Bastian Dankert as the VAR official.
Byrch is a quality referee who definitely has the experience for this kind of game. Real Madrid will be expected to take care of business against Ajax, especially after the solid 1-2 lead they earned at Amsterdam. Still, Los Blancos will be without team captain Sergio Ramos, they might need to defend well in order to avoid any kind of scare.