On Wednesday, Ajax will play in the first round of the KNVB Cup against Willem II. Peter Bosz announced on Tuesday that he will make a few changes to the line-up. This way, Ajax’s coach can give several players a break while giving some others some playing time.
After wins against Go Ahead, Vitesse, Panathinaikos and Heracles, Ajax is in a good flow in terms of results. Peter Bosz is eager to continue in the same vein in the cup tournament. “The results are good, but there are several things that could be better. On the one hand, that would suggest that we should start the same eleven in order to keep working and build on our consistency in the team. On the other hand, we don’t want to overwork the players during this busy time. Knowing that we have a broad, strong selection helps. I’m going to make a few changes in the line-up, but the playing style will remain the same. We’re continuing to work on that, naturally.”
Exactly one month ago, Ajax lost, painfully, to Willem II in the ArenA. Despite Davy Klaassen’s ultra-early goal, Ajax didn’t manage to keep the points in Amsterdam. What impact will that 1-2 loss have on the preparations for Wednesday’s cup match? “Of course we’ll look at the last match against Willem II. We need to learn from that. Willem II is a team that likes to play. They don’t just fall back, they dare to play up front. You saw that in their last match”, says Bosz, who says there is no question of ‘revenge’. He sees this game against Willem II as a separate entity.
Prior to the final training, it seemed that Bosz had a fairly fit selection leading up to the match against Willem II. Only keeper Tim Krul (recovering from a knee injury) isn’t yet fit to play.
Bosz sees the national cup tournament as a very important one. “The cup is a serious prize, one that I very much want to win. We’re just in the first round, so I don’t really want to talk about winning the cup at this stage. But let it be clear to everyone that everyone at Ajax wants to win the cup.”
Free access to Season ticket-holders
Season ticket holders can attend this cup match for free upon presentation of their E-tickets. Season ticket holders were able to download this free ticket until September 14. “That’s a nice gesture on the club’s part”, says Bosz. “It would be great for us if the stadium’s full. After that, it’s up to us to show the fans in the ArenA that they made the right decision to come to the stadium.”
During Ajax – Willem II on Wednesday, referee Pol van Boekel will be assisted live by video referee Danny Makkelie. This is the first time in football that live tests are taking place during an official competition match at the highest level. This is even a global first. Bosz applauds the development. “This will be good for the fairness of the game.” The Ajax coach will talk extensively about the video referee on Wednesday, on this website.
Ajax - Willem II starts on Wednesday at 20:45. Tickets are still available and can be ordered through the link below.