Jurgen Streppel and Frank de Boer’s analysis after Willem II – Ajax didn’t differ that much. Both coaches felt that Riechedly Bazoer’s 0-2 goal was the fatal blow for Willem II. “In the end, I’m pleased with the 0-4”, beamed De Boer.
“Beforehand, everyone had been talking about AZ. That match experience was good, both in terms of play and appearance”, continued De Boer. “We wanted to have the same experience against Willem II, but I found that Willem II started off very well, and we didn’t. After about ten minutes we picked ourselves up and started gaining control. And then it was just a matter of time before we scored. That came at a great time, right before halftime. That had an impact on us as well as on our opponent.”
Younes makes the difference
De Boer was specifically asked about Amin Younes’ contribution, and he praised the German. “He is threatening and he always creates worries for the opponents. He made life hard for Van der Struijk today. After about 25 minutes, he hit his stride in the game. Sometimes you just need players who can create something and can get the game going. He is one of those players. Amin often makes the difference in the first line.”
Willem II coach certainly didn’t seem defeated. “Considering the score, you’d think we’d gotten creamed. But I don’t think that was the case. I think that we started off very well in the first half, with lots of mental strength and gusto. We should have scored a goal at that point. After about 25 minutes, Ajax came into the game and the first half broke wide open. That goal right before halftime was a mental blow. The second half was done. The 0-2 was the fatal blow. Ajax was just too good then.”