Van Gelderen: ‘We knew we had work to do’

Van Gelderen: ‘We knew we had work to do’

The Ajax U17s will play Anderlecht at 10:00 on Monday for a spot in the ABN AMRO Future Cup finals.  Liam van Gelderen looks ahead.

The Ajax U17s had a lot of work to do on Day 2 of the Future Cup.  After losing to Sporting CP on the day before, they needed at least a draw against PSF in order to secure a spot in the semi-finals.  The Amsterdam team was not to be satisfied with a draw, though.  At the Toekomst’s main field, the French team was trounced, 5-0.

Return of Van Gelderen & Gravenberch
Liam van Gelderen and Ryan Gravenberch were back in the team.  Both talents had been on the road on Saturday with the Ajax U19s for their competition game against ADO Den Haag, but they were at the Future Cup on Sunday.  “We made a great start.  It was a good win against PSG.  This feels amazing!”, according to Van Gelderen.

Despite his absence, the defender did his best to follow the Ajax U17s’ progress in Amsterdam: “I was with the u19s in The Hague, so I watched the first game against Sydney FC online.  After the match, I heard that we’d lost to Sporting, 2-0.  So Ryan and I knew that we had our work cut out for us.”

The Ajax U17s took a comfortable lead against PSG early on, and Brian Brobbey was the hero in the first half with his hat trick within 18 minutes.  Ajax was dominant and PSG didn’t seem to be able to get out from under the pressure.  Van Gelderen: “Ryan and I are back and we win, 5-0, haha!  The coach told us to just do our thing and bring what we always do, and things would work out.  And that’s what happened.”

Later in the day, Anderlecht lost to Sevilla and Juventus posted a 3-0 win againt Jleague and won Pool B.  Ajax will thus play against number 2 Anderlecht.  “It will be an exciting game.  We’re looking forward to it”, said Van Gelderen.