‘That Europe talks about Ajax is the best compliment’
General director Edwin van der Sar is proud to announce that Ajax again counts in Europe by reaching the Europa League final. The former goalkeeper is hoping the Amsterdammers in the coming years may prove no flash in the pan.
“Europe talks about Ajax is perhaps the best compliment,” says Van der Sar Friday in the AD. “That feeling should Wednesday be awarded that trophy. Prices, that’s it.”
Ajax plays Wednesday in Stockholm against Manchester United – the former club of Van der Sar – the first European final since the final battle of the Champions League in 1996. When lost, the people of Amsterdam, with Van der Sar on goal from Juventus.
Since then, there were especially early shutdowns for Ajax in Europe. So lost to the team of Peter Bosz at the beginning of this season in the last qualifying round of the Champions League with a 4-1 at FK Rostov, so Ajax is not qualified for the main draw of the miljoenenbal.
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By a successful campaign in the Europa League is that defeat now forgotten. With a victory at Manchester United can Ajax, is that the championship this season at Feyenoord was the first European win since the Champions League win in 1995.
According to Van der Sar is the season of Ajax is not, by definition, succeeded. “After a defeat, I will on Thursday morning probably say no,” says the director. “Later, I think it may be something about it.”
“What anyway remains: we have on the Ajax-way of beautiful things to see in Europe. That is the last few years little has happened. To us in the next few years to prove that it is not a incident.”
The Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United begins Wednesday at 20.45 hours at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The first European final battle of Amsterdam, in 21 years, is led by the Slovenian arbitrator Damir Skomina.
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