De Boer didn’t give much away about his line-up on the eve of the next to last Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain. The coach will need to find a replacement for the suspended Joël Veltman. Next to that, two of his steady players are on the edge and one is suffering from knee problems. During the press conference in Parc des Princes, he didn’t reveal many secrets.
After his red card during the home game against Barcelona, Veltman has been suspended and will watch the game against the Parisians on television. De Boer won’t say who will stand in for the central defender. “The players need to find out first. I’ve made my decision.”
The Ajax player sitting next to De Boer during the press conference in Parc des Princes has experienced woes of his own recently. Schöne has been suffering from a light knee injury. “The knee feels good. I can play”, said the multifunctional Dane optimistically. “I’m going for 90 minutes.”
To conclude the human resources issues: Anwar El Ghazi and Niklas Moisander are on the edge on Tuesday: yellow would mean a suspension for the potentially important match against Apoel Nicosia. Is De Boer considering sparing the duo for the December 10 match, when the home duel against the Cypriots will take place? “Players need these games to get better”, said the Ajax coach. “But it’s also going through my head to spare them for Apoel. We’ll see tomorrow.”