After a 1-1 draw in France, Ajax is faced with the task of beating OGC Nice on Wednesday evening at 8:45 pm and moving on to the play-off preliminary round of the Champions League. The meeting last Wednesday gave the Amsterdammers reason to cheer, but the loot has not arrived yet.
Ajax started the match very fiercely in the South of France and secured the opponent in its own half. This did not offer any major opportunities, but immediately made clear the intention of coach Keizer's team. In the Johan Cruijff Arena, Ajax will have to tap the same barrel and the opponent must be directly on the skin. A quick goal in the Arena gives the team confidence and some air. In addition, Ajax has to curb the French backs. In Nice, they were dangerous down the line in the early stages. This supply route to the Balotelli peak must be cut off.
Frenkie de Jong
Ajax was offensive in the first half last week, looking for the right pass. The "forward football" only succeeded after the goal of Donny van der Beek. The young midfielder scored early in the second half and dedicated his goal to his friend and teammate Abdelhak Nouri. The reluctance seemed to fall from the team at that moment, the midfielders were found easier and another goal seemed to be possible. Frenkie de Jong's raid turned out well. The midfielder could have even made the winning goal, but failed to complete. Trainer Keizer will have to choose between Lasse Schöne and De Jong for the home game. Despite his young age (20 years), De Jong has the ability to bring peace to Ajax's game and forms the link between defense and attack. An Ajax football player with possibilities that provides something extra.
Fight for base place
Justin Kluivert was not in shape in Nice. The offside player was rarely in the game and had trouble with his man's cup. Trainer Marcel Keizer also faces a difficult choice for the return; does he choose young talent from the youth academy again or does the Brazilian millions purchase Neres get a chance in the base. Defender Davinson Sánchez will certainly be sure of a base position. The Colombian played a great game and was strong in the duels. Mario Balotelli also met Sánchez, who then expressed his frustration. If Ajax once again puts the right attitude on the mat and takes advantage of it, the job must be done.