On Wednesday evening in the catacombs of the Amsterdam ArenA, Peter Bosz admitted that he had doomed himself to difficult, perhaps painful, decisions in the near future. The Ajacieds that he played in the Willem II match definitely showed their best side. After the 5-0 win, the Ajax coach saw that it would be tough to choose for the upcoming competition game against PEC Zwolle.
“These guys are making it hard for me. They’ve shown that they deserve to play too”, said Bosz, referring to the Ajacieds from the match against the Tricolours. The Apeldoorn native formed a dramatically new team around starter Hakim Ziyech. “I knew that we had a very good, broad selection.” It will be interesting to see which tactical decisions Bosz will make for the upcoming match against PEC Zwolle on Saturday evening in the ArenA. Whether Ziyech will play at midfield again against the Zwolle team, or at right offense, remains to be seen on Saturday.
It will be one of many decisions that Bosz will need to make. “It’s not hard to choose when guys aren’t performing well. Then, you can can explain it. But tonight, these guys did a great job. Now, it’s going to be tough to make decisions, because I’m going to have to disappoint some guys for the PEC game. That’s not fun, but there’s no other way.”
Bosz pretty much complimented all of his Ajax players, but especially called out Daley Sinkgraven. The number 8 in Ajax’s selection played a strong game at left back. “Daley defended very well, he was practically faultless”, observed Bosz, who has said that Mitchell Dijks is his only pure left back. Nick Viergever is multifunctional and can also play in that position. Sinkgraven proved to be a good left wing defender. “I played Daley because of his added value in possession. He played a fantastic game. Just like Lasse Schöne and Heiko Westerman. Actually, everyone did.”
Bosz was definitely happy with the 5-0 win against Willem II in this first round match of the KNVB Cup tournament. “The goal is still to set up a team that wins all of the matches convincingly”, concluded the head coach, who chose Daley Sinkgraven as Man of the Match. “But today, I could have given the honour of Man of the Match to four or five other guys, too.”