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’Sturm Graz is no piece of cake for Ajax’

The last two times that Ajax is an Austrian opponent had, it went wrong: in the Europa League against Red Bull Salzburg (2014) and in the preliminary round of the Champions League against Rapid Wien (2015). “So Ajax will now anyway be warned?”, ask Austria-a connoisseur Bernard Schuiteman. The fate linked the Locals in the second round of the Champions League with Sturm Graz. “And that is definitely not a piece of cake.”

Deni Alar (Sturm Graz)

The ex-Feyenoorder, now scout of Manchester United in Austria, mentions an advantage that the number two of the last Bundesliga (press conference) two determining players lost. “Left outer Thorsten Röcher to Ingolstadt and rechtervleugelverdediger Marvin Potzmann to Rapid Wien,” said Schuiteman.

Rising star

“On the other hand, the club Dario Maresic has been able to maintain. He is a central defender of eighteen years, played in the league team of the season and was as big rising star of Austria’s coveted by a number of top clubs. And also rechtermiddenvelder Stefan Hierländer. He is international, could press conference way, but has decided to sign.”

The greatest danger lies, according to the Dutchman in Deni Alar. In service of Rapid Wien was the striker three years ago when Ajax was defeated. “You see him 89 minutes, but any chance is touch.”

Modern trainer

In Heiko Vogel (42) Sturm Graz, according to him, a modern trainer. “Tactically variable. And he knows the opponents are always good to analyse. Ajax is favourite, but may Sturm Graz certainly not to be underestimated. Then for the third time in a row wrong.”

Ajax on 24 or 25 July first at home. A week later, the return in Austria. Today hear Vitesse and AZ in the draw to who they were in the second qualifying round of the Europa League are linked.

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