Barcelona-bound Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has revealed that his Dutch side are very capable of coming away with a positive result when they welcome European champions Real Madrid to the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday.
De Jong believes that “a little luck” could help seal his club’s passage to the UEFA Champions League quarter finals when Real Madrid come visiting for a round of 16 clash.
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Generally the manager of a team, which has won 12 out of the 14 games in the domestic league and has already made it to the pre quarter final round in Europe with one game still to play, is a happy man and would rather want to talk about the positive traits of his team than to talk about the weaknesses, but Erik ten Hag, the man in charge of Ajax, is a different sort of character.
Hag was still talking about where his team was faltering and what they should look to improve after the game against AEK Athens where a victory ensured Ajax’s entry to the pre quarter finals in Europe. Hag also singled out a few players whom he said were not at their best and had to contribute more for the team going ahead. Continue reading Is Erik ten Hag being too harsh on his players?
The trip to Athens proved to be very fruitful for Ajax from a results point of view (they were able to secure a clinical 2-0 victory and ensured their qualification to the next stage of the Champions League.
Sadly the supporters of the club who flew to the Greek capital to enjoy the game won’t return with very fond memories because they were subject to violence and had to suffer the assault of not only the home supporters, but also the Police. It’s been reported that some visiting supporters actually had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Continue reading Ajax supporters assaulted in Athens
The decision of Overmars to refuse to sell top young talents of Ajax represents a step in the right direction for the club. This is the best step taken by the club which is seeking to revive its old glories
According to a study performed by the International Centre of Sport Studies (ICSS) in Switzerland Ajax is the best contributor of professional footballers in all through Europe’s top divisions. However, this is not a surprise that the world in general and Europe has always been in fear of the giants’ footballing academy of Dutch.
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Ajax’s new coach Erik Ten Hag has just completed his first training session at his new club. After being appointed only a few weeks ago, Erik Ten Hag is expected to change the club’s near term vision. The club recently had a clear out of the managerial staff after they did not stick in line with the philosophy of the club. Ten Hag comes to the job with a relatively decent coaching career in but not at the very top of the game. He has been in charge of Utrecht before coming to Ajax, but he says that he has learned a lot from working with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
Ten Hag hopes to implement the lessons learned from the best in the business the Dutch outfit. The 47-year-old has replaced Marcel Keizer and will be hoping to make a major impact in the second half of the Dutch Eredivisie. Ten Hag has spoken at length about the way Guardiola has shaped his tactical approach and knowledge about the game. Regarded as one of the best managers in the world, Guardiola spent three years at the Allianz Arena, while Ten Hag was placed in charge of the Bayern Munich reserve team. Ten Hag is expected to be backed by a couple of signings, but the manager is not sure about the possibility of spending money in the January window.
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It has been revealed that Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez had the chance to go to Barcelona two years ago but elected to go to Ajax instead.
The 21-year-old has been earning rave reviews with his performances for the North London in the Premier League and also the Champions League this season. He came to the attention of Spurs during his two seasons in Dutch football with Ajax.
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When you’re considered the thired best team in the country (well, amongst the top 3 of the country’s top clubs in a respected European soccer league), not winning the league in almost 20 years can take it’s toll. A bit like Atletico playing the third wheel in the perennial battle between Barca and Real, Feyenoord have always been left out on a limb by both PSV and Ajax, with the clubs taking it in turns to exclipse their achievements.
From failing to sustain a channel of talents, falling off a once respected perch to almost declaring bankruptcy, Dutch side Feyenoord’s league title this season is no doubt set wiping the tears of many years of failure and restoring faith to the fans that have waited 18 long years to have a title parade of their own throughout the streets of Rotterdam. Continue reading VAN BRONCKHORST’S GOT FEYENOORD THE EREDIVISIE