FC Twente is playing a stable and good season. The team led by Ron Jans is currently fifth on the Eredivisie rank. A couple of weeks ago, the competition match between the two clubs ended in a 0-0 draw in the Johan Cruyff ArenA. This shows how evenly matched the two teams are.
In the Cup tournament, Ajax cannot afford any mistakes. Any mistake could mean that Ajax has to leave the tournament. A direct knock-out in this tournament is something both Ajax and FC Twente want to avoid at all costs. Ajax is hunting for its 21st Cup victory in the history of the club. The team from Twente has won three Dutch Cups and would love to add a fourth one to their list of trophies.
Heitinga gave the finishing touches on Wednesday. Everything to play the best they can in the Grolsch Veste, home to FC Twente. Ajax will do all it can to continue its Dutch Cup winning streak. The encouragement the Ajax players got from a few youth players along the sidelines of the field was heart-warming. With their support, the youngsters might have played a small but valuable role in the preparations for a hopefully successful Cup night.