On Friday, at de Toekomst, Peter Bosz discussed the upcoming Ajax- FC Utrecht game. Starting at 12:30 on Sunday, the Amsterdam team hopes to prolong its winning streak against the Utrecht team.
The Ajacieds who had played in Thursday’s match against Standard Luik participated in a distance training on Friday morning. Assistant coaches Hennie Spijkerman, Dennis Bergkamp and Hendrie Krüzen smoothly led the football morning. Keeper coach Carlo L’Ami was also on the training field of the Toekomst. Bosz was there too, overseeing everything.
“We were a bit stiff at the start, but played a good first half against Standard Luik”, said Bosz, when asked about the second pool match against the Belgians. Thanks to a goal by Kasper Dolberg, Ajax won Thursday’s match. “It was a huge first half. We can learn from the tough second half. The conclusion is that we need to score more than one goal.” The Danish centre forward did his job: Dolberg scored, and crowned himself as the match winner. “Kasper is a kid who we need be cautious with”, emphasized Bosz for the cameras of Ajax TV. “We need to be sparing with him. He’s still young.”
Mitchell Dijks had to miss the game against Standard Luik. The defender was sick. Dijks trained on Friday. Together with the Ajacieds who hadn’t played much, or at all, on Thursday in the ArenA, the left defender participated in an extensive session. Bosz wouldn’t say on Friday whether Dijks will return to the selection, or not. “We’ll see how he’s doing.”
Turbulent last meeting
The last edition of Ajax – FC Utrecht had a turbulent conclusion. In last season’s game, down 0-2, Ajax fought its way back to tie the game against the Utrecht team in the final minutes. A controversial penalty was the catalyst for the tying goal. “Utrecht had a good season”, said Bosz, referring to 2015-2016. Utrecht has been having difficulties in the past few weeks. However, they did win their last match. Utrecht has been playing better since Richairo Zivkovic’s come onboard. Last season, FC Utrecht proved to have an outstanding team. On Sunday, it will be about who is dominant, and who takes the initiative. I hope that Utrecht will have a tough time against us.”