Ajax coach Emperor expected that the ‘fiftyfifty’ will be against Nice
Ajax-trainer Marcel Emperor dare not favourite for the double confrontation with OGC Nice in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. The new coach of the Locals thinks that his team is approximately equivalent to the French opponent.
“The French league is of course a bit higher regarded than the Dutch,” acknowledges the Emperor at his press conference before the away game against the number three of last season in the Ligue 1.
Yet refusing the successor of the Borussia Dortmund left Peter Bosz, asked for the favorite, to abide in the underdogrol. “I think it’s fiftyfifty. The two competitions.”
Ajax saw the selection in the run-up to the start of the season had boiled down. Compared to the departure of captain Davy Klaassen, and Bertrand Traoré, Kenny Tete, Jaïro Riedewald, Heiko Westermann and Diederik Boer is only the arrival of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and reservekeeper Benjamin of Leather and the return of Mitchell Dijks.
However, this is no drawback, think of Emperor. “We have a fairly young team but an extremely talented team,” says the ex-player, who’s Young Ajax last season to the second place in the Jupiler League led.
“I expect that we have a lot of possession of the ball will have, but they are very good from the conversion and within three or four passes to our goal. It is therefore important that we put our defense in good order.”
Ajax without Cassierra but with Dankerlui to Nice
Ajax knew by the tragic situation around Abdelhak Nouri is a far from ideal preparation for the European season. “But I think we have the button to be able to convert,” says the Emperor. “That tomorrow will turn out.”
“We have it every day about Appie and have it all very difficult, but it is not that we have players at home have left because they are unable to play. So should everyone be able to play.”
That also expects to Joël Veltman, following the departure of Judy, the new captain of the Amsterdammers. “We try each other on top of it to help. Certainly the last days you will see that there is again one hundred percent battle comes. Everyone goes for each other by the fire, so, that gives you courage for tomorrow.”
The heenwedstrijd at the Allianz Riviera starts Wednesday at 20.45 hours and is led by the Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande. Wednesday, August 2, is the return in the Johan Cruijff Arena.