At the press conference on the day prior to Ajax – Olympique Lyon, Peter Bosz had compliments for the upcoming French opponent, while remaining ambitious for his own team. Ajax’s coach sees potential in the double header. “There are only good teams in the semi-finals”, said Bosz. “Lyon definitely fits that description, and so does Ajax. We’ll need to be in top form for both matches in order to reach the finals. And that’s what we’re planning to do.”
During the packed press conference, Bosz cut to the chase. The first was the question about who would play in Ajax’s back positions. Would it be Jairo Riedewald and Kenny Tete who would step in for the suspended Nick Viergever and Joël Veltman? The big surprise was that Bosz answered this question with an assertive nod. Bosz doesn’t normally make line-up disclosures leading up to matches.
“They will play tomorrow. I have total confidence in them, because they’re both outstanding players”, said Bosz, who has often passed over Riedewald and Tete this season for his squad. “Of course it’s going to be tough, but that’s football. Now, they’ll need to play an incredible match in the semi-finals. I’m convinced that they’ll do just that.”