Ajax On His Way To The Final!
Dutch giant gained a huge advantage before the second leg in France, 4:1 against Lyon in the first leg semi-finals of the Europa League
Young, but play like the old man. They play and win. Remind us of some ancient, beautiful times when the Dutch football was recognized, and Ajax was rocking the Old continent. Currently is far from world-class, however, he is playing football from a textbook. Always. Regardless of who is across the field. And what’s at stake. What does it matter that the players in front are from Lyon? They could’ve been standing some better. Disciplined. More precise. Decisive. The impression is that nobody would pull out alive on the arena “Johan Cruyff”. After all, no one has this year. Recently renamed Amsterdam child, in the first game at the stadium named after the son of the greatest of Dutch football, organized the party which has revived memories of the 1995 and moved The Lancers closer to the finals of the Europa League.
It was 4:1 in the first semifinal match. It could also be a 6:2. Or also 8:3. It could have been anything except Ajax, not winning. Ajax had to win. Ajax played forward. And that’s why he won. Because they are not preserving. Because they do not calculate. Because they do not give a damn if they will or how many goals will receive. As they were playing a mini football, kids of the trainer Peter Bosz “flew” the terrain and deservedly crushed the French representative who should for the next season to start, need to buy a better defender than awful Diakhaby. And to keep goalkeeper Antonio Lopez who saved his team from a debacle.
In the stands of the arena “Johan Cruyff,” tonight was sitting Louis van Gaal. As if his presence motivated hosts and enabled him to get through a time machine and return 22 years ago. These 1995 Ajax won the Champions League, defeating the great Milan in the final in Vienna (1:0). Two months and ten days later were born Bertrand Traoré. That imp of Burkina Faso, who at Chelsea could not pass because of strong competition, once again showed that he flourished in the land of tulips. His goals for Vitesse are still remembered, but tonight he bagged two for the red-and-white, he used the craters in the defense of Lyon and was one of the leaders of this young team that is in many ways reminiscent of the Van Gaal’s.
That’s when there were playing Patrick Kluivert (19 years old goal scorer for the title of European champion), Clarence Seedorf (19), Nwankwo Kanu (19) slightly older Michael Reiziger (22), Edgar Davids (22). And this magical night, in which football has shown superiority over the strength and athletic ability, the starting 11 of Ajax was an average age of 22 days and 137 days. In front of the keeper Onana (21) acted kids Tete (21) Riedewald (20), De Ligt (17), Sanchez (20), then the stability of the middle caused by the presence of Lasse Schöne(30) and Davy Klaassen(24) and fantastic Hakim Ziyech (triple assistant) and the attack mentioned Traore (21), helped by fantastic Kasper Dolberg (19) – five goals this season in the Europa league – and Amin Younes destroyed the opposite defense.
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