As is customary at post-game press conferences, the visiting coach speaks first. Marcel Keizer listened to fellow coach Robert Molenaar’s testimony, and then summarized his own position: “The exact opposite goes for me”, said the coach following Ajax’s 5-1 win at home against Roda JC.
Molenaar had finished explaining that he was satisfied with the way Roda played prior to the break, but not at all with the second half. It was exactly the opposite with Ajax.
“I was unhappy with the first half”, said Keizer. “We showed no guts and there was too little movement, especially at the sides. We have good players. Just play to them, even if they’re covered. In addition to that, we didn’t apply pressure. So our first half was just...”
“In the second half, we played the way we want Ajax to play. We created and scored beautiful goals. We had more courage and depth in our game. When you have that, you can break down your opponent. But you want to see that for 90 minutes. That’s tough, but I’m glad that we did it for at least one half.”
Backs coming up
One potential cause of this mediocre playing was the absence of Daley Sinkgraven. “Daley covers a lot of distance in the games he plays. Backs who come up are very important in today’s football. This brings us an enormous amount of motion and creativity.”
Ajax turned the tide after the break. Frenkie de Jong’s entrance – replacing Deyovaisio Zeefuik – brought a good impulse to the game, says Keizer. “He brought creativity and a dominance at midfield.”