Up From Mediocrity: Ajax 2023-24

Discussion in 'The Netherlands' started by Orange14, May 28, 2023.

  1. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    What a totally ridiculous and soft red card. They were both going for the ball and he tripped himself!!!!!
     
  2. richsavare

    richsavare Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Jan 28, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Sutalo wrong side though plays with fire. He’s been utter shite all season.
     
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  3. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    I agree-- wrong side and he's just not good. Disaster signing. I think this specific play the attacker clipped his own heel and went down.

    Shocked they called foul on Ramaj and not Ajax down to 9+PK there the way this season has gone.
     
  4. richsavare

    richsavare Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Jan 28, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Ajax just can’t get a clean sheet, but it’s all about terrible, awful, defensive play.
    Absolutely vulnerable on all crosses because of inept thought process by not getting close enough to a man who crosses, not jumping, or just allowing an opponent first rights to the ball.
    It’s incredible how bad this team defends.
    Not enough running or sprinting far too often by several players.
     
  5. richsavare

    richsavare Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Jan 28, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Great finish if he meant it
     
  6. richsavare

    richsavare Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Jan 28, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Massively lucky Ajax
     
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  7. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    What a gutsy win and result. Wasn’t pretty or easy. But to come away with a victory is very impressive.
     
  8. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    #1183 Orange14, Feb 22, 2024
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2024
    Kenneth Taylor haters can now go home!! Great curling shot/cross finds the back of the net in the second period of extra time and Ajax do enough on defense for a 1-2 win. Ramaj is the MOTM for some wonderful saves to keep B/G off the scoreboard when it looked certain they might have scored. However, B/G were their own worst enemies with some dreadful finishing as they were better during the run of play. Sutalo again with a major blunder picking up a RC on a DOGSO. To think that we were all excited last summer when he signed with Ajax; go figure. Ajax move on to the round of 16 and the only trophy left for them to win this season.

    Player Ratings:

    Ramaj (8.5) - great game by the Ajax keeper with only a week kick out that was easily intercepted as the only blemish on his game
    Rensch (7.5) - made some key blocks and was super in extra time
    Sutalo (3.5) - totally wrong side of the B/G attacker and clipped his heels for the sending off
    Hato (7.5) - undersized against some bigger attackers but held his own all match long
    Sosa (7) - defended strongly when Ajax went down to 10
    Tahirovic (7) - decent enough game and didn't turn the ball over
    van den Boomen (7) - best passer on the pitch for Ajax but forced to play a lot more defense than he likely ever has before
    Hlynsson (6.5) - better than average but had to come off with an ankle knock
    Berghuis (7.5) - worked very hard when Ajax were down a man and made sure of his goal on the cutback pass from Brobbey
    Brobbey (6.5) - good return pass to Berghuis after he received the ball but came off just before halftime
    Forbs (6.5) - forced the turnover that led to the Ajax goal but came off when the RC was issued, and Ajax needed an extra defender
    Akpom (6) - had a good chance in extra time but a chip was needed and he tried a low ball which was blocked by the keeper
    Gaaei (6.5) - strong enough performance when Ajax went down to 10 men
    Taylor (7) - got the match winner; enough said
    Mannswerk (6) - got the assist on the Taylor goal
    Rijkoff (NR) - on for a tiring Berghuis and committed a silly foul at the games end conceding a dangerous corner kick

    AZ up on Sunday and who knows whether any of the players will have much gas left in the tank
     
  9. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Here are the possibilities for Ajax in the Round of 16:

    Group winners (seeded)
    Aston Villa (ENG)
    Club Brugge (BEL)
    Fenerbahçe (TUR)
    Fiorentina (ITA)
    LOSC Lille (FRA)
    Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
    PAOK (GRE)
    Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
     
  10. Brilliant Oranje

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Mar 4, 2023
    Amsterdam and Marbella
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    #1185 Brilliant Oranje, Feb 22, 2024
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2024
    I missed the game.
    At least we're through to the R16 :thumbsup:
     
  11. pfloyd

    pfloyd Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Varna, Bulgaria
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Saved yourself whole lotta nail biting.;)
     
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  12. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Taylor didn’t mean that - it was a mishit cross! (I only saw it live and one replay, so I dont know if there was any further commentary about it.)

    The shoe fit tonight as “lucky” Ajax!
     
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  13. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
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  14. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Orange, I usually agree for the most part with your ratings - but I feel like they are much too high/positive for this one. Ajax could have easily lost about 5 or 6 to 1 in this one given all the woodwork hit. This was one of the poorest showings of all time for Ajax in Europe over two legs, in my opinion. Even the 2-2 in Amsterdam was incredibly fortunate/lucky.

    That said, I appreciate the never give up type effort - credit to van ‘t Schip for that.
     
  15. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    a reunion with Tadic (Fenerbahce) would be fun. Though surely an Ajax loss. Haha
     
  16. BPBlueSox

    BPBlueSox Member

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Aug 21, 2003
    Georgia
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    You can’t ever convince me these draws aren’t fixed! Of course Ajax drew Aston Villa - knew it before the ball was opened. Got to get Henderson on those English tv’s!
     
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  17. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I think the conditions, freezng temps and artifical turf, were a huge barrier for Ajax. Yes, the ratings were a bit on the high side but the team finally won a critical match against a well drilled opponent. They did enough on defense and Ramaj was very good in goal. I think Rensch was more than decent and did not make any mental mistakes which he is prone to do.

    I continue to be surprised by how bad Sutalo is.
     
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  18. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    They used up all their luck last night.
     
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  19. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Old Madras
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't watch as many matches as a I would like, but every match I've seen has featured Sutalo being bad.
     
  20. pfloyd

    pfloyd Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Varna, Bulgaria
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    I'm glad we drew AV. In the current state of affairs it's a game in which Ajax has nothing to lose and everything to gain plus I believe in miracles.
     
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  21. richsavare

    richsavare Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Jan 28, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Henderson can expect quite a bit of abuse upon his return which has everything to do regarding his move to Money I mean Saudi.
     
  22. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Old Madras
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why is he on the bench to start against AZ? Has he been hurt?
     
  23. richsavare

    richsavare Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Jan 28, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Missed last match and carrying an injury.
     
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  24. richsavare

    richsavare Member+

    Ajax
    Netherlands
    Jan 28, 2003
    New Jersey
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Gaaei just makes far too many mistakes.
    Kaplan on and I like his first involvement winning a header and fouling Pavlidis in the same sequence
     

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