AZ wants ‘realistic play’ against Zenit St. Petersburg


AZ wants ‘realistic play’ against Zenit St. Petersburg

Trainer John van den Brom wants to take advantage of the space AZ Thursday in the Europa League match against Zenit St. Petersburg. However, he approaches the duel with ‘realism’.

“I do not like the term ‘adapt’, but we need against Zenit realistic play,” said Van den Brom at a press conference on Wednesday night. “We approach this match like we have done in European kwalificatieduels and PSV. Call it realism.”

Zenit is leader in group D of the Europa League after a victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv: 4-3. AZ left in your own home points against Dundalk (1-1).

The away game against the Russians is on paper the hardest match of the formation of Van den Brom, in the group stage, but the trainer understands that there is points, get caught after the disappointing tie against the Irish. “Because we are that race have not won, we must now go somewhere else to collect points.”

The teacher sees the opportunity against Zenit. “I have confidence in. We will get opportunities. Against Zenit we need to take advantage of the space that they are going to give.”


Captain Ron Vlaar has played once previously with AZ in Russia against Krylya Sovetov Samara. The defender was accurate, ‘though that was not my best race’. “It’s fun to be back in Russia. I look forward to the duel with Zenit. A nice challenge for us.”

The defender warns that his team should be sharp on the spaces behind the defense. “There lures they are constantly on. Zenit is a team where a lot of football in it.”

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