After an intense match, Peter Bosz saw his Ajacieds hold their ground against Legia Warsaw in the UEFA Europa League game. After a 0-0 game in the Wojska Polskiego stadium, nothing has been decided in the battle for a spot in the round of sixteen.
“We came here to win. Ajax must always win”, Bosz said, looking back on the first game against Legia Warsaw. “We were the dominant team during the whole game. We should have scored. We did, in fact, but it didn’t count.”
The Ajax coach was referring to the controversial moment in the eighth minute. Legia keeper Arkadiusz Malarz stopped Davy Klaassen’s shot from way behind his own goal line. The goal was disallowed by the officials. “From where I was standing, it was hard to see”, admitted Bosz. “But the fifth or sixth man on the line must have been very cold. He didn’t see it, because it was clearly a goal. I saw pictures after the game.”
The red card – in fact, the second yellow card – for Kenny Tete was surprising, to say the least. The right back was filling in for the ill Joël Veltman, but didn’t make it to the
end of the game. Ajax was forced to continue with ten players for the last few minutes. Fortunately, no harm was done. Bosz: “I asked Kenny about it afterwards. He agreed with the first yellow card, but not the second one. He slid, it wasn’t a foul. I think that Kenny had a tough start in the game, but he played better in the second half. But I found the team better in the first half, generally. It was a shame for Justin Kluivert that I had to substitute him out. But that was a consequence of the situation.”
‘0-0 is a disappointing result, but not a bad result”, decided Bosz. “But now, we need to set that right next week at home.”