Ajax has only suffered a loss of points on two occasions to date during this calendar year: away at Groningen and Excelsior. Both teams are currently on the right-column of the Eredivisie rankings. As is the upcoming opponent, NEC. For that reason, Bosz was asked if he had a bad feeling about the match.
“No, because I’m a positive person”, said Bosz in Thursday’s press conference. “I don’t know exactly, but I think we’re approaching the fiftieth official match this season. After the winter break, we’ve tied two games and won the rest. We’ve also survived two rounds of European football. You can point to those two duels, which I can understand, but each match is a different story. It’s not a given to just win at Groningen. Also, we’ve won some other tough away games, such as at Utrecht and PEC.”
Question marks for Sunday
It’s unclear whether Ajax will be able to call on Davy Klaassen on Saturday. The captain suffered a leg injury during the AZ game and needed stitches. Bosz said that Klaassen was a question mark for Saturday. “The swelling had gone down a bit but not enough for him to train. We need to see how his recovery goes.”
The same goes for Kasper Dolberg. The Dane has now been out for three weeks with a groin injury, but he’s on the road to recovery. Bosz, however, was cautious. “He trained today with the group for the first time, for a part of the training. We need to wait and see how he reacts.”
Traoré as the centre forward
Bertrand Traoré had done a great job standing in for Dolberg in the past few games. During the press conference, Bosz was asked his opinion on how the African player is doing in the centre forward position, and he denied ever having indicated Traoré as being a key player in the media. “I never did that. I put him in the line-up and you guys made out that I thought he was key, and almost consider him to be my son. That’s ridiculous, and not only because we don’t look anything alike. But to come back to your question: I think he’s doing a great job in that position.”
All in all, Bosz is happy that the race for the title is exciting. “That’s a result of our win last Sunday. There are five matches to go, and the only thing we can do is win them all. And even then, we’re still dependent on Feyenoord. The only thing that counts for us on Saturday is the win.”