Brian Brobbey is guilty after Ajax’s painful 5-2 defeat at PSV. The team from Amsterdam took the lead and failed to extend further, partly due to missed opportunities by the striker. Ajax is now last in the Eredivisie.
“If I had taken my chances, things would have turned out very differently,” Brobbey concluded in front of the camera ESPN. The 21-year-old Amsterdammer missed great opportunities both before and after the break.
Ajax led 1-2 halfway through. After rest things went completely wrong. “I honestly don’t know how that happened,” Brobbey said. “We started very weak and PSV very strong. We gave away the goals very easily.”
According to Brobbey, Ajax kicked off in the Philips Stadium with a good tactical plan and interim coach Hedwiges Maduro had prepared his team well. “Hedwiges had made a very good plan. We almost never went deep against Brighton. We knew that PSV played very far forward,” he said about the depth that Ajax was looking for.
Ajax has never been last. “But we keep fighting. We have to rely on the first half we played. In the first half we fought, but in the second half it was a bit crazy.”
Maduro: ‘Brobbey will become a top striker’
Maduro agreed that Brobbey should have been sharper, but was also complimentary to the striker. “In terms of fitness, it is a world of difference from how he was before,” said the interim coach.
“He lasts much longer and creates opportunities himself. Now it is a matter of finishing and killing. Then he really becomes a top striker. He was not selected for the Dutch team for nothing. That is good for the Netherlands.”
Maduro also gained confidence from Ajax’s first half. “We are going to build on that. That we are now last? We are a few games behind, so I think it is a bit distorted.”
Ajax saw FC Volendam beat Excelsior 3-1 and is at the bottom of the Eredivisie for the first time in history. Volendam will visit the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Thursday.
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