“This is extremely flattering, but everyone has seen that,” Brouwers said afterwards ESPN. “In the end we just fall apart. We start doing things we didn’t agree on and spaces are created. We then suffocate the defense.”
Brouwers scored the tying goal just before half-time, but Ajax still won by a large margin thanks to two goals from Chuba Akpom. It marked the second victory for the Amsterdam team under new coach John van ‘t Schip. The joy afterwards was great at Ajax, to the surprise of Brouwers.
“Well, then they walk off the field as if they have won the Champions League final here. Does that bother me? Yes, it bothers me enormously. If you look back at the match with a realistic look, I don’t think so. justifiably.”
The reporter from ESPN indicated that the relief at Ajax was probably so great because the club was recently bottom of the Eredivisie. “‘We are Ajax.’ That’s what they say, right?” Brouwers responded.
Van Wonderen: ‘We must be more effective’
Heerenveen coach Kees van Wonderen was also irritated afterwards, but only about the result and the game of his team. “In the end the scoreboard reads 4-1. Too big a result, but we did that to ourselves.”
Van Wonderen saw that Ajax had a lot of trouble with Heerenveen in the first half. “We largely determined the positional play, but you have to be effective in creating opportunities to reward that. We did not do that.”
“We wanted to get a good result here and we almost succeeded. We can be satisfied with many facets. Everyone in the dressing room was disappointed and quiet. That was different when we visited Ajax. Last year we were met with 5-0 off the mat.”
Due to the defeat in Amsterdam, Heerenveen remains in thirteenth place in the Eredivisie. The club will play an away match against last-place Vitesse on Saturday.
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