Emperor and Veltman found that Ajax had to win in Nice
Trainer Marcel Emperor and captain Joël Veltman found that there Wednesday for Ajax more resident than the 1-1 tie on a visit to OGC Nice in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
The Locals came in the second half at the same height by a hit of Donny van de Beek and had chances at more, but often not.
“We had more goals to make. There were opportunities, that are not well played out,” said the Emperor, who for the first time, was in charge of Ajax in an official duel, for the camera of Ziggo Sport. “In the second half we were better. We deserved maybe more.”
The emperor was not pleased with the game of Ajax for rest. “We tried very forced the midfielders to find, while Nice, no pressure and gave. We did that in the second half better, when we had more patience. That gave us something.”
It was the 48-year-old coach happy with the way the Players themselves knew to pick up after the drama around midfielder Abdelhak Nouri.
“I need the boys a compliment. It is difficult for the mind to resist in this difficult situation. We can do much better, but this is a beginning,” said the trainer.
Ajax plays the same in Nice
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Captain Veltman was with his trainer agree that Ajax is more effective. “I am very pleased that after the disappointment of the 1-0 mental toughness showed. Certainly on the basis of the second half we had to win,” he said.
The 25-year-old defender, who the aanvoerdersband at Ajax took over this summer at Everton departed Davy Klaassen, was proud that the Amsterdammers despite the hectic preparation for a good result were.
“I am especially pleased to. In the first half, it was still a disappointment that we left behind came and in the practice matches went at such a moment the ‘smiles’ on the wall. Compliments that we are now gas remained, and the 1-1 made.”
Veltman found it nice that it is precisely Of the Stream, the bosom friend of Nouri, scored at the Allianz Riviera. “If you’re someone can be grateful, is the Donny. It is very special that he scored.”
The return between Ajax and Nice is next week Wednesday at 20.45 hours finished in the Johan Cruijff Arena. The winner of the double meeting place for the play-offs for a spot in the group stage of the Champions League.
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