Ajax did score its coveted away goal, but the 2-1 loss was definitely not was Peter Bosz had in mind. The coach was disappointed at the loss.
“We started off very badly, had a few difficult minutes. After that, we rallied and came into our own, played to our strengths. We had the match under control and scored the 1-1 goal. We also played well at the start of the second half, forced Copenhagen to retreat completely. And it’s unfortunately in this phase that the 2-1 goal was scored. I am absolutely gutted by this.”
The reporters at the press conference felt that Ajax was bull-dozered in the beginning. “I didn’t see it that way. Perhaps that was due to the chaos. After the 1-0, we had a hard time. Nick played the ball right into the opponent’s feet, and that was a tense moment, but no, I never felt that we were being run over.”
A Danish reporter asked if Bosz was surprised by Copenhagen. “No, not at all. We knew their strengths. And they used them.” And on the subject of the Danish Ajacieds: “I saw two good Danish players. Lasse was very important, he was always free. And, as of a few matches, I’m seeing a good Kasper again.” Referring to the disqualified 2-2 goal: “That goal would not have been disqualified in England.”
How does Bosz see next week’s return game? “We have the advantage of being at home, they have the advantage of a 2-1 win. It will be an interesting game. We showed today that we can play against Copenhagen. That’s what we’re going to do at home, too.”