Friday was a day of looking back, and looking ahead. The victory against Celtic was discussed with pleasure, of course, but at the training complex of arch rival Glasgow Rangers, the upcoming match against PEC Zwolle was also discussed. Frank de Boer saw Ajax come out on top against Celtic. Moreover, there is a chance that one or more of the injured players will return to the match selection.
The day following the important European away win, De Boer was in fighting form about making it through the winter break. He realises, however, that it will be very difficult. “As long as there is a chance, you need to keep on hoping. We need to make sure that on December 10th, we do beat Molde at home. After which, we need to hope that Celtic pulls an upset in Istanbul. But it won’t be easy.”
The question is whether or not Vaclav Cerny and Donny van de Beek, who made his debut yesterday, will be in the selection this weekend. De Boer: “That depends. We’ll see on Saturday whether Anwar El Ghazi, Riechedly Bazoer and Thulani Serero are fit enough to go to Zwolle. I’m expecting that one or two of them will be part of the group. There is a chance that Vaclav or Donny will join, perhaps both of them.”
De Boer continued discussing the PEC game: “We’re used to playing midweek games. Physically speaking, we’re in good shape the day after the game against Celtic. We’ll be able to hold our own on Sunday.”
Loaned out Ajax players
Ajax intends to reinforce its lead in Zwolle. Although they will need to work hard in the Ijsseldeltastadion. “Obviously, PEC has the advantage on the artificial turf. They have a good team, although that hasn’t been reflected in the results lately. They have some good players, such as Lars Veldwijk, Ryan Thomas and Bram van Polen. The loaned out Ajax players, Sheraldo Becker and Queensy Menig, have already shown some good stuff this season.” Will he be paying extra attention to Becker and Menig? “Of course I’ll be watching them. They may be valuable to us in the future. Sheraldo started off well, then things didn’t go so well for a while. Queensy has had lots of playing time, though. They have a long way to go, but at PEC they have the chance to show what they can do at the Eredivisie level.”
PEC Zwolle - Ajax kicks off on Sunday at 14:30.