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’Ajax is not to copy’

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Matthijs de ligt and Frenkie de Jong fun during the last training before the Champions League match with Bayern Munich.

The Belgian newspaper het Nieuwsblad put the question to Aad de Mos, but the Dutchman is firmly and don’t think Club Brugge or Anderlecht in the short term also can compete for the group’s profit in the Champions League or, like Ajax in 2017 – the final of the Europa League.

“The reason is not that Ajax has more money to spend”, said the old trainer, now an analyst.

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Aad de Mos

“To the success of Ajax to summarize, you have to go to the youth. And that you can’t just copy it, like so many others to try. You would be amazed at what a stronghold the youth groups. That will cost a bomb of money, eh. There work hundreds of people. Not only coaches and often former players – but also performance coaches, nutritionists, other specialists.”

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“It is more than just exercising more and Ajax-DNA, hear. It is also a training that is synchronized with the first team. There is also the Dutch flair to a 16-year-old to debut. Also, there is sometimes a talent falling from the sky that you don’t have to coach. Like Johan Cruijff, Marco van Basten and John Bosman. Or now with Matthijs de ligt, or a world champions as Frenkie de Jong. That you need to surround yourself with experienced players.”

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