Just as they had during the opening day of the FC Twente Tournament, the Ajax Women’s team ended the tournament with a scoreless tie on Sunday. On Friday, they didn’t manage to score against Paris Saint Germain’s Les Femmes. On Sunday, it was the same situation against the FC Twente hosts.
The tropical weather conditions affected the Ajax Women’s team’s play. “It was warm to play, it was unbelievably hot”, said Ajax Women’s coach Ed Engelkes. Despite the two ties, the Ajax coach is satisfied with the last tests before the start of the competition. The BeNe League starts on Friday with a home game against sc Heerenveen. “I’m pleased that we had this tournament right at this time”, continues Engelkes, referring to the Twente Tournament. “The two matches were good measuring sticks. Twente is an opponent on our level. PSG is a bit higher than that, although that didn’t really show in our match against them. It’s also positive that we played two matches in such a short period of time. We’re now somewhat closer to the formation with which I’ll start the competition.”
Compared to Friday, Engelkes swapped the keepers and there was one change at midfield. “We had possession a lot, but we were sloppy. Wrong decisions were made, and opportunities weren’t taken advantage of.” Engelkes isn’t unhappy with where the team is now. “Although I had hoped that we’d be a bit steadier in our position play. Right now, we’re doing it more for the sake of it. But we need to get to doing it in order to score a goal. The matches against Twente and Paris Saint Germain mark the end of a period. But we’re still not ready. That’s why five weeks is too short to set up a new team. But we’re positive in the patterns of our game.”