Confidence in Scherpen towards CL debut: ‘He can handle the tension...

Dick Lukkien is following the situation of Kjell Scherpen at Ajax with great interest. Chances are that the Ajax goalkeeper will make his Champions League debut on Tuesday in the absence of Andre Onana and Maarten Stekelenburg.

“Kjell is a very stable boy. If he plays, he may have a slightly increased heart rate at kick-off, but otherwise he can handle the tension perfectly”, FC Emmen coach Lukkien begins in conversation with The Telegraph.

The trainer has confidence in his old pupil. “His first official match for Emmen was also a special one. That was the very first match ever of our club in the Eredivisie. At the age of eighteen he was under the bar there in The Hague. Of course such moments do something to a boy. Also with Kjell. , he looks like a cool frog. But he has done very well in The Hague and if he tries in Denmark, I have every confidence in that too. “

Lukkien sees that Scherpen continues to make progress in Amsterdam. “I thought that last season he performed somewhat erratically at Jong Ajax, but this season I find him very stable. (…) Compared to the period with us, I think that he has mainly made steps in playing football. also expect from a club like Ajax, which puts a lot of emphasis on this. You really see a boy who is in full development and it would be a great opportunity for him if he could now also show it in the Champions League. “

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