Bosz: 'It would be stupid to underestimate Legia'

Bosz: 'It would be stupid to underestimate Legia'

Peter Bosz is counting on Ajax winning Thursday’s game against Legia Warsaw, but he’s expecting a tough contest in the Amsterdam ArenA.  “The most stupid thing we could do is underestimate Legia. They’re the Polish champion for a reason, and moreover, they’re a team with lots of physical strength”, said the Ajax coach on Wednesday at the press conference.  “We’ll need to play very well to win the match.”

The first match against the Polish team ended in a 0-0 stalemate.  Should the same thing happen in Amsterdam, then it will come down to penalties.  Bosz was asked if Ajax had done some extra practice on taking penalties.  A loaded question, considering recent performance.  The Ajacieds have been failing regularly at taking penalties this season, including Davy Klaassen in Arnhem last Sunday.

“This is silly”, was Bosz’s reaction.  “These questions always come up with a team that’s missed many penalties.  Can you train for it, or not?  This type of thing.  We just need to make sure that we’ve taken care of it before it comes to that.”

Captain Davy Klaassen, who is in great shape these days, was also at the press conference.  On the day after his 24th birthday, the midfielder was in a good mood.  “I don’t usually celebrate, but this year, I did.  It was really fun.  On Monday, I went out for dinner with a group of friends.  Yesterday, we had a day of activities, followed by laser games and go-carts, and my family came over in the evening.”

Klaassen was asked by the reporters to comment on his ever-improving form.  “It’s tough to pinpoint it to one single thing”, was his reaction.  “Right now, it’s going really well.  I feel strong, I’m playing a key role, and I’m scoring a lot.  I’m definitely pleased with that.”

Support for Dolberg
At the press conference, the captain took the opportunity to express his admiration and support for Kasper Dolberg.  “I’ve noticed that there has been some criticism of him lately.  Perhaps that’s aimed at the lack of goals.  But he’s also making assists, keeping possession and he knows exactly when he needs to be the point man.  Everyone was so full of praise at the start of the season, and I’ve noticed that people are looking at Kasper differently now.  But he’s still doing a great job for us.  I think that these criticisms are exaggerated.”

Another young forward who is being talked about is David Neres.  The Brazilian acquisition was presented on Friday.  The big question is when will he make his debut.  Bosz had already said that he wants to go slowly with the wing forward.  “He’s not even been here for a week.  You have to imagine that this is a huge change for a young guy.  Coming from South America to the Netherlands is a big step.  The temperature, the playing style, so many new faces.”

Bosz wouldn’t reveal whether Neres would make an appearance in the match selection for the Legia game.  “We’ll only do that if David wants it, if he’s ready.  If we bring David in, that will create expectations, and that’s not necessarily realistic for him.  We’re going to train first, and after that, the coaches will discuss it.  Then, we’ll decide.”