Peter Bosz had reason to be happy after the 3-2 win against Celta de Vigo in the UEFA Europa League group phase. By winning, Ajax will continue in the European tournament after the pool phase.
“I saw a very good Ajax, and Ajax that I want to see”, Bosz opened his recap of the second group phase match against Celta de Vigo. Two weeks ago, the game in Vigo ended at 2-2. In Amsterdam, the home team dominated the Spanish team for almost the entire evening. Except for the restless final minutes, during which Ajax suffered two last-minute goals against, the victory in the ArenA was never in any real danger. “We played well, especially before halftime”, continued Bosz. “Moreover, we built up patiently, and we created many good opportunities.”
Kasper Dolberg’s 1-0 goal came just before the end of the first half. “It was a just reward for our first half”, was the Ajax coach’s evaluation. He also praised his Danish centre forward. Dolberg once again made a great impression as Ajax’s centre forward. “Kasper has many of the qualities that we look for in an Ajax centre forward. He’s showing us on a weekly basis just how much potential he has. He’s nineteen and will undoubtedly have a setback or two. And that shouldn’t be the cause of any panic. Where will this lead him? I don’t know. It will have a lot to do with him, and the choices he will make.”
After a flawless first half, the Ajacieds’ start in the second half was less glorious. “We had difficulty resuming the game. After that, we played amazing football. We had the match under complete control again. Maybe a 3-0 lead was a bit too much against a strong opponent like Celta de Vigo.”
But the way in which Ajax ended the evening didn’t sit well with Bosz. The Spaniards fought back to 3-2 four minutes before time. The carefree evening was suddenly less so. “It’s too bad that it was so tense at the end. It was a nail-biter.” But Bosz ended the press conference on a high note. “But all in all, we entertained the crowd and played good football.”