Up From Mediocrity: Ajax 2023-24

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

  1. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Old Madras
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nice comeback after the debacle against 010.
     
  2. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    So if Feyenoord wins the Cup... it seems like we would be in position for Europa League qualifiers. Not horrible considering everything that has happened.
     
  3. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Finally, something to cheer about as Ajax finally decide to move to a 4-3-3 and attack the goal. Two second half goals cancel out the van Wolfswinkel header from mid-way in the first half. van't Schip decided at half time that enough was enough and pushed Taylor up to 10 and Hato over to LB. That was the spark the club needed, and they put pressure on Twente. Taylor is MOTM for me with his lofted free kick that Brobbey made sure of. VAR was kind to Ajax and Rensch was judged to be fouled right at the end line for a Bergwijn PK. Ajax now have four pretty weak clubs remaining on the schedule with Excelsior, Vollendam, Almere City and Vitesse coming up. I hope van't Schip learned something from this game.

    Player Ratings:

    Rulli (6) - made some decent saves but had three really bad kicks that fortunately were not converted into chances
    Rensch (6.5) - decent game for the RB
    Sutalo (6.5)- played well with some good solid clearances and his passing was accurate
    Kaplan (6) - other than not covering van Wolfswinkel on the Twente goal, he defended well
    Hato (6.5) - Cal Ripken streak finally ends when he was subbed off in the 2nd half with a muscle complaint but was effective at LB in the 2nd half
    Taylor (7.5) - solid match the whole way through with some punishing runs and good passes
    Mannswerk (6) - decent enough
    van den Boomen (5.5) - only played the first half and rather ineffective
    Godts (6) - worked hard all match long
    Brobbey (6.5) - starved of service in the first half but buried the header to even up the score
    Bergwijn (7)- finally had a good match both on offense and tracking back
    Tahirovic (6) - good 2nd half and relatively error free
    Akpom (5.5) - on for Brobbey and put some pressure on the GK
    Sosa (NR) - on for iron man Hato late
    Vos (NR) - on late for defense
    Gaaei (NR) - on late for defense

    Off next week because of the Beker match and then a mid-week home match against Excelsior on April 24.
     
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  4. pfloyd

    pfloyd Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Varna, Bulgaria
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    One of the better games this season not because of the result but because of the play. Still IMO promising young players aren't given enough playing time and that is on van't Schip.
     
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  6. richsavare

    richsavare Member+

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

    wynaldaisagod Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    Very interesting... 5th place finish = good chance in EL Group Stage based on results in other competitions. Would be massive to get into EL GS vs. start in 2nd qualifying round which starts 10 days after European Championship. Would make budget a lot easier. Would just be a totally lucky result from how awful this year has been.

     
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  8. aveslacker

    aveslacker Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Apr 2, 2006
    Old Madras
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That would be so undeserved, but whatever. Lucky Ajax strikes again.
     
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  9. Excelsior very eager and Hato got nutmegged in the box at the backline. Luckily for him the player couldnot keep the ball in.
     
  10. Ajax loses the ball rather quickly.
     
  11. Possession only kept on own half, but when the ball was paased to the right Excelsior took the ball instantly and Rulli alertness kept the ball from reaching the striker for a one on one.
     
  12. Finally a good attack from Ajax with a much needed save.
     
  13. Ajax in possession near the box, but again Excelsiot drives Ajax back, forcing them to pass backwards to the own half.
     
  14. well, that goal after a mistake was against the run of the game.
     
  15. 27' 1-0 GOAL by Devyne Rensch! Taylor passes the ball from the left side and Rensch finishes when Zagré doesn't intervene adequately and the ball gets stuck. The Amsterdam team is in the lead at home without playing well.
     
  16. wynaldaisagod

    wynaldaisagod Member+

    Ajax
    United States
    Aug 9, 2019
    Bergwijn totally braindead. What an absolutely idiotic moment.

    This club just can't stay out of their own way.
     
  17. Well, went for a pee and come back for a long VAR analysis.
    The foul was the result of Ajax struggling to keep Excelsior away and now they have to continue with one man less.
     
  18. From the start it was clear Excelsior was the team that needed the points the most and were the eager ones on the pitch.
    Bergwijn's foul was the result of a completely lack of cohesian in the midfield and the defenders look shaky too.
     
  19. Rulli just with a much needed interception.
     
  20. You might expect some confidence boost out of the win against FC Twente, but the picture of the shot stats show a completely non existent attack.
     
  21. Another example of Hato man on man deficiency leading to the Excelsior goal.
     

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