Matthijs de ligt (second from left) with team-mate Daley Blind, Dusan Tadic and Lasse Schöne.
“With a tie we have a very big step to stay in the Champions League. We are very close, but we are not there yet. So, we can also not partying or cheering.”
Onana: “of Course it should not go wrong’
The Is wants the job on the 27th of november in Athens done. Placement for the knock-out stages is the first goal. If successful, he dreams further. “We win of AEK, then we get eleven points. And beat Bayern Benfica, then they have thirteen. In that case, we can the last game, at home against Bayern Munich, full to the group’s profit. Why should it not be?”
’To surprise ourselves’
It indicates, as you recognize, The Is, how quickly expectations can change. “After the link to Bayern Munich do you think that, in the second place, the highest possible is, but I think that this season we even ourselves sometimes surprise. I mean, eight points after four races… Who would have thought? So we are doing a good job, so continue and ensure that we are there against AEK Athens again.”
Flip side to success Ajax
Ajax was really a team is, according to the captain a part of Amsterdam’s success. “That is our strength. We fight for each other and when you see how the last minutes for fighting each other… That is really very important. Eventually we pull up the draw over the line and that feels good. The last time that Ajax is gone in the Champions League was in 2005/’06. That says enough about the high level of this tournament. We are now so close, we should just pick it up.”