The Future is Now! Ajax 2021-22 Season

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  1. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Also, there were a couple shady things during that draw. Man United getting picked when they couldn’t be.. then their ball not being put in against Atletico, I think it was? And of course they were drawn against PSG so you have Ronaldo v Messi. I mean, I’m not a conspiracy theory person at all.. but the whole thing seemed pretty whack.
     
  2. Good practice for the Orange defense against Brasil attack:D
     
  3. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    …and now it’s a re-draw. What a mess! Now we probably end up with a more unfavorable matchup.
     
  4. VI thinks so too:
    https://www.vi.nl/nieuws/eredivisie-op-rapport-schuurs-positieve-uitzondering-bij-ajax
    Eredivisie op Rapport: Schuurs positieve uitzondering bij Ajax
    09.31 uur
     
  5. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Yes, he was decent in the match and covered well. Timber was at fault on both goals and here is a more detailed analysis:

    I have watched the replays a couple of times. On the first goal, the press upfield failed. Timber tripped over an AZ player and was out of the play so Martinez has to come all the way over to defend on the right side picking up DeWit but nobody helps out on the over lapping runner and De Wit finds him with a nice pass. The deflection off Midtjsoe finds the open striker who was not marked at all and Pasveer has no chance. It was more than a fluke goal as Ajax were poorly organized and missed players to mark.

    On the second goal, Timber is not far enough outside to take away all the space on that side. From the video he looks even with Schuurs when he should be several meters outside of the CD. Karlsson is calling for the ball and gets it with Timber not able to make up the space to challenge him. Wijndal makes a smart inside run and is not picked up by Antony (first; Antony actually does have him covered but then stops assuming someone else will pick him up) and Berghuis (second); he cuts to the end line getting a nice pass from Karlsson and puts the ball right at the striker's foot (Schuurs did make a stretch to try and deflect the ball but it was too perfect of a pass).

    Multiple point of failure on each goal.
     
  6. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    What a joke!!!! How can you botch up something as simple as a draw with ping pong balls???
     
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  7. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Ajax - Benfica :thumbsup:
     
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  8. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Going from Inter to Benfica. This feels like an improvement to me.
     
  9. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Ajax are 4-2-1 overall against Benfica and last meeting was in the 2018-19 season
     
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  10. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    The land of Rob & Cecil
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  11. If Ajax creates at least the number of chances PSV managed against Benfica and Haller and co up front convert those in the usual % of the CL run, there shouldnot be a problem.
     
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  12. richsavare

    richsavare Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Jan 28, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
     
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  14. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I would not call AZ a non-glamorous team but Go Ahead Eagles certainly is. I did not see what the expected goals for the match was but would not be surprised if Ajax had a higher number than 2. AZ had two chances and made both. That's how games are won and lost.
     
  15. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
  16. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
  17. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    The land of Rob & Cecil
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I would avoid Barca like the plague right now.
     
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  18. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Reeger, Unuvar and van Axel Dongen are in the match day squad for today's cup tie against the amateur side Barendrecht. I assume there will be massive squad rotation for this match.
     
  19. It sucks for the amateurs that no fans are allowed, as they would get half the revenues of the match.
     
  20. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Agree, and they also get to play with lots of supporters on attendance
     
  21. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Ajax easy winners against Barendrecht in the Beker today. Danilo with a brace, Taylor with one and Hlynsson converted from the spot after being fouled in the box. In addition Reeger and van Axel Dongen got their first team debuts and Unuvar also came on.
     
  22. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Back to another clean sheet for Ajax even though Pasveer was just average on the day. The defense held up despite losing Martinez early on in the 1st half. Marco Senesi maybe gets the MOTM for his error in slotting ball past his keeper. [​IMG] For Ajax, it has to be Alvarez who made a number of critical interceptions and controlled the middle of the pitch and I would also single out his partner, Gravenberch, who was also strong on both sides of the game. Tadic was strong from the spot with a hard shot that Bijlow had no chance to save. I was surprised to see that Ajax had more possession than Feyenoord in the match as I thought it closer when Feyenoord controlled the play in 2nd half.

    Player Ratings:

    Pasveer (5) - made a couple of big errors, once getting caught out away from his goal and his performance was just average
    Blind (7) - moved into the middle when Martinez went off wand didn't lose a step defending well
    Martinez (NR) - off with an apparent hamstring problem in the first half
    Schuurs (7.5) - really strong match and totally error free which was good to see
    Timber (4.5) - out of sorts all match long and came off in the 2nd half; his defending and passing were both sub par
    Alvarez (8) - huge game controlling things in the MF and made a lot of crucial interventions
    Gravenberch (7.5) - really good on the ball with some nice slalom runs and defended well
    Berghuis (6) - had very little impact on the match and came off for Klaassen at the 60th minute
    Tadic (7) - took the crucial PK well and had a fine all around match
    Haller (6) - won the headers in the Feyenoord half but never was a threat to score
    Antony (7) - played a decent all around game but was constantly double teamed and could not cut in with the ball
    Tagliafico (6.5) - had a couple of poor passes when he first came on but settled down to have a nice game
    Klaassen (6.5) - added some strong pressing and defending in the second half
    Rensch (6.5) - defended well against Nelson and had a great inside run to draw the penalty call that iced the game

    Final match of the calendar year on Wednesday, away to Fortuna Sittard.
     
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  23. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Senesi had a couple of other silly errors. I distinctly remember a ridiculous back heel when clearing out after a corner. He definitely should have been Ajax’s MOTM! Haha
     
  24. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
  25. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
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    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I was about to post this as well. I think they need an alternative to Haller and Danilo is not good enough. Brobbey thought he was going to a good situation at Leipzig and then Nagelsman left for Bayern and the American who took over was clueless. The new manager has no need for Brobbey. Raiola gave his client bad advice.
     

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