Frenkie de Jong
At the Hag: ’the Stream fit for AEK’
Profit on AEK Athens is enough. And if Benfica do not triumph at Bayern Munich overwinters Ajax in the Champions League when it lost to the champion of Greece. The number two of the premier league, yet not destitute, the cashier let the bells ring in the country that after eight years of cuts since August officially financially stands on its own feet. The income from the lucrative tournament, passing the 60 million euro as a place in the last sixteen has been secured.
The olympic stadium where Van Basten scored against Lokomotive Leipzig (1-0), has a substantial facelift for the 2004 Olympic Games. Certainly the 20,000 tickets for the duel with Ajax are not yet sold. AEK is still puntloos in the Champions League and last weekend, in their own country, slipped to the seventh position in the rankings. It is now officially a crisis. Just like at Bayern Munich and Benfica, the other opponents of Ajax in group E.
Erik ten Hag
Trainer Erik ten Hag misses the injured Hakim Ziyech and suspended Nicolás Tagliafico, the Argentine who twice scored in the won match at home against AEK (3-0). David Neres and Maximilian Wöber seem the most logical replacements. “But we have more than 11 basisspelers”, said Ten Hag. “We will have a strong team in the field and send it. We want every match to win, so tomorrow we go there for.”
It says the coach of Ajax is little that AEK is not in great shape cuts . “We just need to look at ourselves and stoic”, he said. “We want to win and not depending on other teams.”
Frenkie de Jong noted that Ajax in a flow. “We win the last couple of weeks ever-and often with good football”, he concluded. “For me, our European adventure is not successful if we are the eighth-finals to reach. Then we have again a step in the right direction.”
’Not Bayern, but Ajax plays the best football.”
The contest in Athens begins at 18:55. The other match in the group between Bayern Munich and Benfica, will begin two hours later. “You had rather seen that we simultaneously were started,” said Ten Hag. “But that is not so, so that we must accept. Our starting point remains the same: we want to win. So we don’t depend on other teams.”