After processing the difficult UEFA Champions League draw, Ajax must now focus once again on regular competition. After the defeat against PSV, Ajax clearly wants to post a positive result at FC Groningen.
But this won’t be simple, expects coach Frank de Boer. Directly after the press conference regarding the European opponents Barcelona, PSG and Apoel Nicosia, the Ajax man made the switch to talking about FC Groningen. “FC Groningen has impressed me. Erwin van de Looi has done good work there. Last season they won the play-offs with good football, and they’ve started well this year, too. Until ADO Den Haag. But I heard that that was completely undeserved.”
The coach expects that he will be have Nicolai Boilesen available to him on Sunday. The Danish left back sustained some light groin injuries during the PSV match. “Although he’s still training separately, I think he’ll be joining the group soon and I’m counting on him being able to play.”
The match is too soon for Kenny Tete, and Viktor Fischer has been out of the rotation for a long time. Mitchell Dijks is basically fit. Before De Boer had gone through his selection, the trainer had news about Kolbeinn Sigthórsson: “Kolbeinn is staying at Ajax”, announced the coach. “He’s our best centre forward right now, and in the past few weeks, he’s been playing the way we want an Ajax centre forward to play. If he continues to play this way, the goals will follow.”
That confidence is important for the Icelander. And perhaps he’ll even crown his game on Sunday with the goals that are so important for a centre forward.