The coaches of Ajax and Feyenoord each looked back on the Classic with very different feelings. Peter Bosz looked back happily on the 2-1 win against Feyenoord. The Ajacied complimented his players with their thoroughly earned victory. For Bosz’s fellow cocach Giovanni van Bronckhorst, looking back was a torturous process, a painful duty that the former international was forced to endure.
“I’m very satisfied and I saw a very good Ajax”, Bosz opened his part of the press conference following the 61st Eredivisie edition of Ajax – Feyenoord. “I saw a great Ajax, especially in the first half. We didn’t give much away. We entertained the crowd with good goals and good football. Feyenoord was under constant pressure.”
Despite Ajax’s domination and a resounding win, Bosz called out one downside to the game. The Amsterdam team was in charge in the lively Amsterdam ArenA. The Ajacieds reduced their deficit against the leader to three points, but failed to improve their (much) smaller goal balance. “It’s a shame that we didn’t score more goals this afternoon”, was Bosz’s fair evaluation. “We could have improved our goal balance today. It’s really too bad.”
Bertrand Traoré had several golden opportunities. The replacement for the injured Kasper Dolberg, however, didn’t mark the scoreboard. “Traoré played a great game. He created the opportunities he got”, said Bosz, putting his striker’s missed opportunities into perspective. “But he should have finished better. Kluivert played an amazing game today. David Neres has also been making a good impression in the past few weeks. This was the right moment to start him.”
‘With this win, we’ve put more pressure onto Feyenoord. The competition is going to be exciting.’
Bosz was able to state, with satisfaction, that his Ajacieds had delivered. Bosz: ‘This was a game that we had to win. We knew that before, and I said that before, too. With this win, we’ve put more pressure onto Feyenoord. The competition is going to be exciting. We’ll see in the next few matches whether we’ve really dealt a psychological blow to Feyenoord.”
On Sunday afternoon, Giovanni van Bronckhorst was the disheartened coach of a team who seemed beaten down. The Feyenoorder’s comments on the game were a great compliment to Bosz and his Ajacieds. “We deserved to lose this match”, was Van Bronckhorst’s honest and realistic take on the match. “At halftime, it should have been 3-0. It was already a tough assignment at 2-0. Our 2-1 goal came too late. Ajax was better today and deserved to win.”