Bosz: 'Proud to be among last sixteen'

Bosz: 'Proud to be among last sixteen'

On Thursday evening, Peter Bosz saw his team earn a spot among the final sixteen in the UEFA Europa League.  At home in the Amsterdam ArenA, Ajax defeated Legia Warsaw, 1-0.  After a 0-0 game in Poland, this was sufficient.  ‘We could have made it easier on ourselves, but we deserve to go through.”

Bosz was thrilled that Ajax has gone through in the European tournament.  “I’m proud that we’re among the last sixteen.  Tomorrow at the draw, we’ll see who our next opponent will be.”  The coach didn’t see Ajax’s best match on Thursday.  “We could have made things easier for ourselves but scoring a second goal sooner.  As it was, it remained nail-biting until the end.  It didn’t have to be that way.”

The start was bumpy, too.  “The build-up from the back wasn’t good.  When that improved, we started to get opportunities.  Shortly after the break we scored a beautiful goal, and that created some breathing room.”

New player David Neres was on the bench at first, then warmed up, but didn’t end up playing.  “If the score had allowed for it, I’d have brought him in.  But it was too risky to do it at 1-0.  He doesn’t yet know what exactly is expected of him.  He’s only just arrived.”

Everyone needed

Bosz emphasized that he expects to need everyone in the next few weeks.  “In these matches, we’re also dealing with two suspensions.  Fortunately, we have many good players.  Viergever gave another good performance today as left back.  But for the next few games, it remains to be seen who will be playing where.”