"It wasn't an easy match. These are the cup games and the most important thing is the next round," continued the Ajax player. ''Even though we didn't play our best football, we still stuck together. So it was good."
Ajax drew on its own strength in De Grolsch Veste. ''We just did what we could control as a team, which is how we play, how we press, and implementing the information the coach gave. We just stuck to our responsibilities. And it worked out in the end.''
'Freedom to play how I want to play'
Under the new head coach John Heitinga, Kudus plays as a right-winger. It was a new and challenging experieince for him. "It's a new position for me, but the most important thing is having the freedom to play how I want to play, and the coach gives me that freedom. I don't feel restricted and still do my best for the team. It's a new position, but it's good for my development. We sometimes switch positions, which makes us unpredictable as a team."
Kudus was indeed decisive with his goal. The beauty of the assist from Dusan Tadic did not escape the match winner either. ''That's one of Dusan's qualities: seeing the passes. I knew I just had to make the movement and the ball would come. So that's exactly what happened."