Peter Bosz’s and Zeljko Petrovic’s analysis on Ajax – ADO matched seamlessly. Ajax dominated in the ArenA and, with a 3-0 victory, limited the damage to ADO Den Haag. “It was a rightful win, one that we brought on ourselves”, said Bosz happily in retrospect.
At the same time, the fairly easy home win wasn’t flawless. The main criticism was that, despite many opportunities, Ajax scored too few goals. This had nothing to do with a lack of eagerness, as Bosz had seen during the halftime break. “In the locker room, the guys said that they really wanted to go for a third goal. In the end, ADO only had a few opportunities.”
Entertaining the crowd is an important part of the Ajax coach’s philosophy. In that respect, Ajax – ADO was a roaring success. Besides the goals from Hakim Ziyech, Lasse Schöne and Kasper Dolberg, Nick Viergever and Dolberg brought enthusiasm to the Ajax fans. The latter player’s attempts (among which, a clean overhead kick) ended up hitting the post and crossbar. Viergever shot his header onto the crossbar.
“People got a good match this afternoon”, said a rightful Bosz in the ArenA’s press room. “But we should have scored more. I’m happy that Dolberg scored, it had been a while. But I hadn’t noticed anything different about him, by the way. Besides the goals, we also kept a clean sheet, fortunately.” Ajax has kept a clean sheet for five straight Eredivisie games against ADO Den Haag. In this series of games against the team from South Holland, Ajax scored eleven times.
Justin Kluivert was a catalyst for the Amsterdam team. In the ArenA, the teenager started on the squad for the first time. “I saw guts and courage, plus of course his good individual play”, Bosz complimented the newest rising star in his selection. “Justin started off well in the game. He showed what I saw in him before, during trainings.” Thanks in part to Kluivert junior’s daring play, Ajax ended its third post-winter break game with a win. The last time Ajax had managed to do this was 2007, when Ajax won its first four matches after the winter stop.
Fellow coach Petrovic summarized the one-sided but compelling 43rd edition of Ajax – ADO the best: “We played against a great team that was just too good for us. I can’t say any more than that. We should be pleased that it remained 3-0. Ajax could have made it 6-0 or 7-0.”