Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder about crucial duel with Liverpool: “We have to show more guts”

His coach agreed. “We need to radiate the belief that it is possible, with healthy bravado and aggression,” said Schreuder. “Remko is right that we need to show more guts. We have to run free at the right times. You have to have that guts, that’s what you’re a footballer for.”

Or are players also given room for individual actions? “Of course, but I think you have to have a lot of structure in the first sixty to seventy meters of the field. The agreements must be clear and you are very busy with that. In the final phase, players can play from their intuition. I prefer not to play an opponent in our own penalty area, but in the opponent’s.”

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Pasveer has had to concede fifteen goals in the last six games. That frustrates him, he admitted. “It’s the reality and not something you take into account when you play at Ajax. I’m very upset about that. When you concede so many goals you always have the feeling that you are in a lesser phase. I grab a few good balls, but also could have taken a few balls that I would normally take”, said a critical Pasveer.


Despite the fact that Ajax has suffered three defeats in a row in the Champions League, Schreuder still believes in hibernation. “We are not without a chance. We have to win tomorrow by two goals. We must have the faith that it is possible. We know Liverpool have a great team, but we just want to do things better in possession than there. We will also have to do things better in losing the ball.”

Ajax can again have Kenneth Taylor and Devyne Rensch at its disposal on Wednesday. The pair missed their last games due to injuries, but trained again on Tuesday. Edson Álvarez, who was substituted for RKC Waalwijk during half-time on Saturday due to illness, also trained.

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Mission clear Liverpool have had a mediocre start to the season in the Premier League, with just four wins in 11 league games. “But they did beat Manchester City last week,” says Schreuder. “And they lost to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but given the many chances they could have won 1-6.”

Ajax is again the leader of the Eredivisie. But especially because of the results in the Champions League, the club receives a lot of criticism. The audience of the champion is spoiled, after a few beautiful European years with appealing results. But Ajax also said goodbye to five important basic players last summer. Is hibernation at the highest level a realistic goal? “Our mission is clear,” said Schreuder. “We want to beat Liverpool by two goals.”

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