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Ajax 2 – 0 PSV: Impressive pressing performance leaves PSV no chance

March 25, 2012


This clash between two Eredivisie title contenders may go down as one of the best games Ajax played under their current manager, Frank de Boer. The home side pressed PSV all over the pitch and the successive dominance in possession allowed them to continue an intense pressing level throughout the full ninety minutes. PSV proved […]

Ajax 0 – 2 Utrecht: From bad to worse for Ajax…

February 5, 2012


Frank de Boer lost his first Eredivisie home game as an Ajax manager, while Utrecht set a unique series of four wins out of the past for meetings with their fierce rivals. With the complete forward three and back four of his presumed starting XI missing, De Boer never got his team going, while Utrecht […]

Feyenoord 4 – 2 Ajax: Playing to win beats playing for possession

January 29, 2012


Fans enjoying the Eredivisie for action packed high-scoring games were well served, as Feyenoord came back after conceding the opening goal, to win the match 4-2. A hat-trick by Manchester City loanee John Guidetti and a superb midfield performance by Jordy Clasie guided the Rotterdam side past their fierce rivals, who once again paired ineffective […]

AZ 1 – 1 Ajax: A glass half-full at best, for both sides

January 22, 2012


The glass half-full from the title refers to AZ taking only a point, where they failed to take more distance during dominating spells in the first half. And it refers to Ajax, who managed to fix some issues from the recent Cup defeat against AZ, but left much to be improved in order to refresh […]

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

November 23, 2011


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 […]

Utrecht 6 – 4 Ajax: Goal fest illustrates both teams short-comings

November 6, 2011


In a true goal fest, that ultimately saw Utrecht run out 6-4 winners, both teams illustrated their short-comings, rather than their qualities. The prejudice of the Eredivisie being a high scoring league due to a generally low level of defending was fed once more, as virtually all of today’s nine goals involved defensive weaknesses rather […]

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

October 19, 2011


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 […]

Ajax 2 – 2 AZ: Both teams see their courage rewarded and pay for mistakes

October 16, 2011


League leaders AZ would, beforehand, have been quite satisfied with coming away with a draw in the Amsterdam Arena, but having been in front for the majority of the game to end up giving up a late equalizer to ten men Ajax made this result feel a bit different than it should. Ajax, on the […]

Groningen 1 – 0 Ajax: On hard labor and playing to your strengths

October 2, 2011


By putting up an intense physical battle and smartly targeting their opponent’s weaker points, Groningen earned a 1-0 victory. Winning most tackles in midfield, while pressuring Ajax early on, Groningen frustrated their opponents, paying a price in terms of yellow cards earned, but getting away with three well earned points. Ajax made a powerless and […]

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

September 28, 2011


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 […]