At first glance, it is difficult to evaluate Ajax’s upcoming opponent in the UEFA Europa League. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk is relatively unknown to the general public. Frank de Boer and Nick Viergever discussed the draw on Friday.
“Right now it’s hard to say anything about Dnipro’s strengths”, said De Boer about the club that Ajax will meet on March 12 and 19 in the Europa League round of sixteen. The Ukrainian club plays its home games in Kiev. Not too long ago, Dnipro gave PSV a very hard time.” They proved to be a good team then. Dnipro is a team with good Ukrainian players and a few surprises. You don’t often see Brazilian players with clubs like that, and often these are guys who can make a difference.” De Boer clearly has no intention of underestimating this club. “This draw could have ended up worse than this for us, but perhaps they’re saying the same thing over at Dnipro right now.”
Ajax reached the round of sixteen by defeating Legia Warsaw on Thursday, 0-3. Dnipro defeated the Greek club Olympiakos in two matches. In Greece, a 2-2 draw was enough, after Dnipro had won at home. Earlier this season, Dnipro has defeated Hajduk Split, Internazionale, St. Etienne and Qarabag in European football. Ajax will play the first match on March 12th, away. One week later the return will take place in the Amsterdam ArenA. Ajax had never played an official match against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Following the UEFA draw in Nyon, Nick Viergever also had little to say about the upcoming European opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. “But I’m sure out technical staff will get us up to speed”, said the Ajax player, trusting the scouts’ research and the technical staff’s analysis. “Kiev isn’t so far to travel, which is nice.”
Ajax plays the home game of the Europa League round of sixteen against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on March 19. Buy your tickets through the link below and come to the ArenA!