De Boer is counting on victory

De Boer is counting on victory

On Wednesday, only a win against Celtic will be good enough. After the defeat in Glasgow, Ajax needsFrank de Boer is convinced that Ajax can post a good result against Celtic on Wednesday: “Two weeks ago in Glasgow we showed that we didn’t bow down to them. We need to prove that here tomorrow evening. If we play the way we did in Scotland, then this time we need to be on the right side of the score. Think about it: in Celtic Park, we created several opportunities, while Celtic’s opportunities were very few. And the scoring penalty kick and the clumsy goal were among them. I’m convinced that we can get Celtic this time.”

Frank de Boer is convinced that Ajax can post a good result against Celtic on Wednesday: “Two weeks ago in Glasgow we showed that we didn’t bow down to them. We need to prove that here tomorrow evening. If we play the way we did in Scotland, then this time we need to be on the right side of the score. Think about it: in Celtic Park, we created several opportunities, while Celtic’s opportunities were very few. And the scoring penalty kick and the clumsy goal were among them. I’m convinced that we can get Celtic this time.”

Niklas Moisander will be there against the Scots, although he’ll start on the bench. The Finnish international has recovered from his knee injury and made his return on Monday evening with the Ajax Reserves. He played for forty-five minutes in Helmond. But it’s just too early for a starting spot in the Champions League. Lesly de Sa has also recovered from his injury. But unlike Moisander, the wing forward isn’t yet in the match selection. The same goes for Lerin Duarte, who is recovering from an ankle injury. The match selection against Celtic and NEC are too early for the midfielder. After the interland period, De Boer is hoping to have them at his disposal once again.

Besides the fact that Moisander won’t be starting, De Boer didn’t reveal anything else about his starting line-up. He wouldn’t confirm if Siem de Jong would start as centre forward instead of in his usual spot at midfield. “It’s always an option to put him in as centre forward. We know what he can do, both as a midfielder and a centre forward. So, as the coach, I’ll be taking all of that into consideration. Siem is an option for that position, just like Kolbeinn Sigthórsson and Danny Hoesen are.”

De Boer had this to say about the recent disappointing results: “We haven’t earned many points so far. So it’s logical that there’s some dissatisfaction, both on our side and from the fans. Ajax is used to winning and getting those three points. Not to scraping by to get one point – or sometimes, none at all.”

With one point in three matches, Ajax is in last place in pool H. The Dutch champion is two points behind Celtic. A win against the Scots would ensure that Ajax would take over third place. FC Barcelona (7 points) and AC Milan (5 points) will meet on Wednesday in Camp Nou. De Boer: “We need a good result to be able to look ahead. That’s important for both Ajax, as well as Dutch football as a whole.”