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Lyon 0 – 0 Ajax: Goalless draw sees Ajax come close to the CL knock-out rounds

November 23, 2011

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Ajax managed to obtain exactly the result they came for in their fifth Champions League Group stage match, duplicating their home result with a 0-0 away draw at Lyon. Considering Real Madrid’s absolute dominance and Dinamo Zagreb’s failure to grab any points so far, the balance in results between Ajax and Lyon see Ajax now […]

Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 2 Ajax: Guests take advantage of difference in formations

October 19, 2011

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Ajax ended a difficult streak of European football, to virtually secure the third place in their Champions League group, while also keeping sight on the second place that would provide a prolonged Champions League season. They did so with their single holding midfielder 4-3-3 system, albeit with a genuine destroyer at the base of the […]

Real Madrid 3 – 0 Ajax: Tactical trouble at Ajax from a wider perspective

September 28, 2011

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In  the much anticipated replay of last year’s Champions League group stage game ,where Ajax took a true battering and ended up losing 2 – 0 at Madrid, Ajax lost 3 – 0 this time at the Estadio Bernabeu. In terms of ‘face value’ Ajax provided more counter play – in fact their amount of […]

Ajax 0 – 0 Lyon: A balanced game between two teams with different intentions

September 14, 2011

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In their first Champions League game of the 2011/12 season, Ajax were held to a goalless draw by Lyon. While the home side had all kinds of troubles turning their majority share of possession into anything more than slow build-ups, the away side proved efficient in creating chances, yet extremely inefficient in finding the target. […]

Twente 2 – 0 Vaslui: Solid result in tough game

July 27, 2011

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Based on the 2-0 final score line you wouldn’t tell that Twente had a tough time breaking down their Romanian opponent at home. Twente missed four key players and had severe problems building attacks from the back. As a result, the transition from last season’s double holding midfielder system to an offensive 4-3-3 didn’t go […]

Milan 0 –2 Ajax: Quite a managerial debut for new manager Frank de Boer

December 8, 2010

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New Ajax manager Frank de Boer succeeded in installing hope in the heart of the Ajax fans in this match against, it must be said,  an uninspired Milan side where no less than seven regular players were rested. Milan either preferred to sit back of were forced back by Ajax (presumably the first) as Ajax […]

Ajax 0 – 4 Real Madrid: Outclassed in every aspect of the game

November 24, 2010

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If not for the UEFA millions of the Champions League, Ajax won’t have anything to look back on once these group stage games are done with. Their game against Real Madrid saw them outclassed in every department, highlighted to the extreme by the unique fact of two Madrid players purposefully upgrading their yellow cards to […]