Peter Bosz didn’t need many words to accurately describe Ajax’s afternoon of football against Sparta. “It was an outstanding afternoon”, concluded the Ajax coach, shortly after the 2-0 win. “This was a good victory for Ajax.”
“We played against a very compact Sparta and didn’t have many opportunities in the first half”, said Bosz, looking back on the relatively problem-free afternoon, during which the tribute to club icon Piet Keizer was at the forefront. “Our intention was to make Sparta run a lot, in order to take advantage afterwards. We scored before and after halftime, so that worked out. Moreover, we had several other opportunities that we didn’t convert. Just before halftime, we had the chance to make it 2-1, but that didn’t happen.”
‘Perfect moment of transition’
During the press conference, Bosz referred to one specific moment of his Ajacieds’ game. It was the manner in which the 2-0 goal was introduced. Ajax transitioned very quickly, after which Kasper Dolberg, on a pass from Hakim Ziyech, struck. “A perfect moment of transition”, was the Ajax coach’s evaluation of the attack that preceded the goal.
Unfortunately, we didn’t make it 3-0 or 4-0. That’s a shame for the supporters, too”, said Bosz, alluding to some of the game’s imperfections. Grabbing opportunities more effectively will be important during these last months of the season. “But this game hasn’t created any issues for Thursday (game at Legia Warsaw). It was an outstanding afternoon.”