'Ajax must be able to play with different systems'

'Ajax must be able to play with different systems'

Peter Bosz was visibly relieved after reaching the UEFA Champions League play-offs.  Thanks to two goals by Davy Klaassen, the Ajacieds defeated the Greek team PAOK by 1-2, but the coach found many points for improvement in the game.  “The football was bad.  The guys needed to fight once in a while, and they did.  But I´m pleased that we´re in the Champions League play-offs.”

According to the Ajax coach, Ajax had only itself to blame for the badly played game.  “And it was completely unnecessary.  We had lots of room at the back to build up, but our pace with the ball was too slow.  The free man could have been found, and if we had done that, it would have been easier to just destroy the opponent.”

Grip

PAOK´s opportunities also arose from Ajax´s sloppiness, continued Bosz: “I think that we had a grip on the match.  It´s not that PAOK had us chasing the ball.  Our own sloppiness gave the Greeks so many opportunities.  They´re very dangerous in the counter and we can consider ourselves lucky that PAOK didn´t score from that.”

The Ajax coach started out with a 5-3-2 formation and, despite the mediocre play, Bosz is not going to give up on this system.  “This system gives a lot of pressure in a different way than 4-3-3.  And in my opinion, Ajax must be able to play with different systems, especially at the international level.  As a team, we often have difficulties when an opponent starts playing with two centre forwards.  Our execution was simply bad and we can do better.  Every one of us had outstanding ball technique and can move the ball around faster.”

Fight

But the coach was satisfied with the 1-2 win against PAOK.  “I was happy that it was 1-1 in the first half”, said the coach with relief.  “We came to Greece in order to move forward in the Champions League, and that´s what we did.  The players had to fight for it at times, and they did that.  We´re now in the next round of the Champions League.”