Van Gelder sees perspective for Ajax: ‘A good starting point’

Jack van Gelder is not dissatisfied with the point that Ajax took from the away match against Atalanta Bergamo, but is disappointed with the way that point came about. The presenter of Ziggo Sport sees enough perspective for Ajax in the Champions League, but the team from Amsterdam could have made it easier for themselves.

‘We shouldn’t make Atalanta bigger than it is. I thought that Ajax handled it well and I see that Traoré is developing well, but I think that at some point you should have brought in an extra defender ‘, Van Gelder says. Panic football. ‘You should have defended the 0-2 from there. That did not happen and that is a shame. ‘

“On the one hand, I am happy with a point,” adds the journalist. ‘If you win twice against FC Midtjylland and you win at home against Atalanta, then you will probably get through the winter in the Champions League. That is a good starting point, but it would not have been necessary to give away the 0-2. ‘

Colleague Youri Mulder is of the opinion that Erik ten Hag should not have necessarily had to switch. Even with the players who were already on the field, he could have solved it, according to the analyst. ‘Blind just has to say to his backs from behind: we are 0-2 ahead and are not going to run forward anymore. And Gravenberch and Klaassen just have to play close to the defense. Then let the attackers figure it out. ‘

‘Has been a nice competition for the neutral viewer’

Despite the loss of points, Mulder has a good feeling about Atalanta – Ajax. ‘A lot of things could be improved, but I think the way they handled it is good. In addition, it has also been a very nice competition for the neutral viewer. A French or German who switched on this match had a nice evening. ‘

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