To the Future: Ajax, 2018-19

Discussion in 'The Netherlands' started by Orange14, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Near Kamar-Taj
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  2. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Near Kamar-Taj
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Glory hunting since 1988!
     
  3. So you're to blame for the Orange decline since our last and only trophy.
     
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  4. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Don't think that there is anything wrong here. IIRC van Bronckhorst and Artur Numan both were converted from other positions. Sinkgraven is not good enough to play in the MF given the current players on the squad.
     
  5. pfloyd

    pfloyd Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Varna, Bulgaria
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Well, those two may be examples of successful conversion and no doubt there are others too. The ones I mentioned unfortunately aren't and if they insist on making defenders out of them and the result will be promising MFs turned out mediocre defenders. If Sinkgraven isn't good enough to play in MF and he certainly isn't good enough to play in defence, then, once healthy, the best thing to do will be to let him go, for everybody's sake.
     
  6. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Near Kamar-Taj
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If it makes you feel any better, I was the only kid in Texas that had a huge flag with a picture of Ruud Gullit* hanging on his wall.

    *AC Milan Gullit, not 010 Gullit. ;)
     
  7. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I think it's still too early to give up on Mazraoui as he has only had a few months to make the change. Sinkgraven has been hit with lots of injuries in his time at Ajax and was at best a panic buy when he was acquired. It would be best if he moved on.
     
  8. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Near Kamar-Taj
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Game on in a few hours. Maybe it's the new season, but I'm optimistic.
     
  9. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    That is the spirit. I expect Ajax to win every match but I am sometimes disappointed
     
  10. pfloyd

    pfloyd Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Varna, Bulgaria
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    It's good to see Frenkie back in MF where he belongs. Wouldn't it be better to start Eiting or Donny and use Schone as a sub later on, if need be? Anyway, good luck.
     
  11. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Huntelaar!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Good first half. Just don't lose focus and give up a cheap goal to let Standard back in. Would like to see another goal seal this deal!!
     
  13. Brilliant Dutch

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    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    #114 Brilliant Dutch, Aug 14, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2018
    3-0. Lights out.
    Tadic deserves most of the credit for that one.

    Dynamo Kiev is next
     
  14. pfloyd

    pfloyd Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Varna, Bulgaria
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Wasn't Huntelaar in an offside position when he scored? From the replay it looks like he was. Well, what's done is done. Let's look forward to finish the game in style.
     
  15. Brilliant Dutch

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    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    He was offside, but you cant argue that Ajax dont deserve to be ahead in this game
     
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  16. BTV802

    BTV802 BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 11, 2006
    Vermont
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    This looks promising.
     
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  17. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Fine performance from Ajax tonight. A little helter skelter in added time and they were lucky not to concede as Standard could not put a shot on frame. A couple of poor passes also led to chances but Onana was up to the task of saving some tough shots. Not much else to complain about. Spartak Moscow lost their tie to PAOK Salonika while Dynamo Kiev and Benfica move on to the final round with Ajax. I believe Ajax are destined for a trip to the Ukraine.

    Player Ratings:

    Onana (7.5) - stopped everything and got nice help from the post as well to keep a clean sheet
    Tagliafico (7) - fine match and good on the ball
    Blind (7) - one bad pass but otherwise a solid game
    de Ligt (7.5) - closed everything down in his area and dominant in the air
    Mazraoui (7) - unlike last week, he was never tested
    Schöne (7) - solid match and I guess due for some rest on Saturday
    de Jong (7.5) - really nice to see him play a full 90 in the MF
    Ziyech (7) - yes he was sloppy on the ball a couple of times but he gets right back into the game and pressures the opponent
    Neres (7.5) - always dangerous in this game
    Huntelaar (7.5) - got the game winner and made a lot of good runs to get free
    Tadic (7.5) - not only is he playing well, he is having a good time as well
    Kristensen (6.5) - played the final third for Mazraoui and played it well
    van de Beek (7) - nice job in for Schöne
    Labyad (NR) - on late for Ziyech

    Away to VVV on Saturday
     
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  18. Brilliant Dutch

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    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    I didnt see one weak spot in this game
     
  19. Laurent75

    Laurent75 Member

    Aug 2, 2014
    Neres was weak to me, I don't like him on the left flank, he is too limited. Clearly better when he cuts in on the right side.
     
  20. Brilliant Dutch

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    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Uhm, he scored the 3-0. Nice finish with his left foot too
     
  21. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Yes a trip to the Ukraine is now on the menu. Matches are scheduled for August 22 & 28. Would be great for points if both PSV and Ajax can qualify as it looks like Dutch clubs may be shut out of the Europa League.
     
  22. KPSmit

    KPSmit Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    New York
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Frenkie De Jong is such a joy to watch. He understands space so well and it’s so refreshing to have a Dutch midfielder able to turn on the ball and actually pass forward with good vision
     
  23. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Near Kamar-Taj
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe I'm good luck ... o_O
     
  24. :ROFLMAO:
    Where were you the last 4 years:sneaky:
     

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