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Van den Brom, see ‘prospects’ for AZ in diptych with Lyon

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Van den Brom, see ‘prospects’ for AZ in diptych with Lyon

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Trainer John van den Brom is hopeful that AZ for a stunt can ensure against Olympique Lyon in the sixteenth finals of the Europa League. Both teams hit each other Thursday at 19: 00 hours in Alkmaar.

“Lyon is a big club, but I certainly see opportunities. I think we were in the away game in Heerenveen on a very adult, perhaps a European way have played. If we are the same, we have always a chance,” said Van den Brom on Wednesday at the press conference.

Derrick Luckassen begins Thursday night in the base, at the Alkmaarders. The Amsterdammer replaces the right in the defense of the suspended Mattias Johansson.

Also Stijn Wuytens returns in the team. Central in the defense, he takes the place of Pantelis Hatzidiakos, who Sunday against sc Heerenveen (1-2 win) Wuytens replaced. The Belgian was at the Marbles suspended.

AZ is preparing for a duel with Lyon

AZ worked Wednesday was the last training in the run-up to the Europa League match with Olympique Lyon.
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The Alkmaar club have trained at the stadium.
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Tim Krul for his European debut for AZ.
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The match in Alkmaar begins Thursday at 19.00 hours.
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Crisis

Van den Brom hopes Thursday in Alkmaar to take advantage of the poor form in which Lyon is. The French lost this year no less than four of the six matches played and are fourth.

“There is a lot on the game,” noted Van den Brom. “They are a little bit in a crisis and they want to, of course, come true. We see the Europa League as a fantastic challenge to AZ and also the Dutch football back on the map.”

Alireza Jahanbakhsh, that Van den Brom joined at the press conference, wants to be with AZ’s take an example of Paris Saint-Germain. The French defeated FC Barcelona Tuesday by no less than 4-0 in the Champions League.

“The team spirit of Paris Saint-Germain, we must also show,” says the attacker. “It is fantastic to be at a club with the stature of Lyon to play and it is a good opportunity for our qualities to show. When I see how focused the guys work out, then I think we can surprise.”

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