Frank de Boer was upset that his team left the Grolsch Veste with only one point on Saturday evening. A poor start was damaging to Ajax. The fight to draw even – after being down 2-0 – resulted in a 2-2 tie.
“It felt like we only stepped onto the field after 24 minutes”, said De Boer, summarizing his main source of frustration. Against interim coach René Hake’s team, Ajax simply wasn’t in the game for a long time. “We started off very sloppily, we weren’t sharp. After 24 minutes, we did some good things. We got a grip on the match and from that moment, played more in Twente’s half.”
De Boer, slightly tongue in cheek: “Great that we were able to actually play some football from that moment. But it wouldn’t have been necessary.” In all seriousness: “Had we started well, we would have come home with three points. I am convinced of that.”
In the press room of the Grolsch Veste, the coach tried to explain why the Ajacieds had started off to poorly, and concluded that it had to do with the mental aspect of top sports. “Being continuously sharp and starting off well are the most difficult parts”, said De Boer, undoubtedly drawing on his own experience. The former record international knows what it is like to continuously get charged up for a top performance. “That mental aspect is part of top sports. We can, and need to, learn from this. It was a good lesson for us all.”