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Champions League : Why Ajax Amsterdam FC Bayern can keep up

At the weekend, has spread to the Amsterdam football club Ajax on his Twitter channel a short film snippets. "Frenkie being Frenkie" stand on it, and the Video showed how Frenkie de Jong made the Frenkie de Jong. After winning the Ball in midfield, he had two players into the Empty slide tackle, he is turned off by Po-Wackler, and on the fourth he overcame Zwolle with a precise low shot hart in addition to the post at the time 2:0 for the guests from Amsterdam against PEC.

At a closer Look, de Jong's spectacular Performance was a bit more spectacular: The first three Zwolle-player, he took out of the game without touching the Ball. The 21-Year-old has exceptional skills, is not too new. Pretty much each giants, holding on to something, to be interested in the highly talented midfield player. This is also true for a Central defender Matthijs de Ligt, the is with just 19, already a captain at Ajax. Both are responsible for ensuring that the club has with the great past, a present, for he does not have to be ashamed of. If the Amsterdam on this Wednesday (21 at Sky) Bayern Munich to the final preliminary round match of the Champions League, only to win the group. For the next round, both Teams are already qualified Ajax for the first Time in 13 years.

"Ajax can re-paint in the face", ten Hag

"and Ajax can re-paint in the face", said Erik ten Hag of the newspaper "De Volkskrant". Ten Hag, 48 years old, since January, coach of the Amsterdam. A light Stand he had in the beginning. His predecessor, Marcel Keizer, was quite popular, and ten Hag, who had trained, among other things, the U-23, FC Bayern, missing the big successes in his Vita. He comes from the province of Twente in the East of the country, and speaks to the fine-Amsterdam, the ears of a Dutch with a strange hard accent. Such reservations, however, has dispelled ten Hag for a long time.

After Ajax had missed for the fourth Time in a row, the championship title, has the new coach in the summer and together with sports Director Mark Overmars, the decisive course for a better future. The club is aware of received a higher financial risk, has invested in both players, as well as in salaries. And the Gamble has paid off. Solely by the the first knockout round of the Champions League, the club has 60 million Euro.

the team has the manuscript of the new Coach is wearing recognizable. Physicality and mentality are important to him. The intensity in the Training is higher, ten Hag wants all the Exercises are performed in the highest speed. This speaks to the self-image of the club as a place of beautiful football, he said this was nonsense. "A good Team has mastered many facets of football, and this Team is a good Team," said ten Hag.

It is perhaps the best for a good 15 years ago, when a couple of very talented Kicker, made to captivate the football world. Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong and Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed, in 2003, in the quarter-finals by a goal in the stoppage time on the later title-holders AC Milan. So far Ajax has come in the Champions League, never again.

Daley Blind, Dusan Tadic and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the veterans mean to the Team

The current team has what it takes to repeat this success. As a "hungry and ambitious" coach ten Hag his players. "We are a good Team, and we also," says Daley Blind, the Ajax for 16 million euros from Manchester United has brought. The 28-Year-old is one of Dusan Tadic, 30, and the former Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 35, to the experienced players in the Team. Also, the mixture in the team is wrong. Ajax, a victory for AEK, the qualification for the next round Athens has made clear, there were eight players on the field who were 23 or younger. The Team is talented and has already a certain level of maturity.

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crisis in the Champions League Bayern 1:1 against Ajax Amsterdam

playing For the 0:3 defeat at PSV Eindhoven at the end of September Ajax is in now 15 games undefeated in all competitions. In the domestic League, the Team has won everything since then with a goal difference of 34:3. The 4:1 in the case of PEC Zwolle, the ninth victory in a row. But not the only reason why the game was probably already a look into the future. National team player Donny van de Beek and goalkeeper Andre Onana had already injured in the first half. The team loss of important players, and will have to Amsterdam's probably faster to accept, as you would like. Onana is associated with the FC Barcelona in the same way captain de Ligt. And also Frenkie de Jong could leave Ajax in the summer. On the weekend, it was rumored that he was going to move to Paris St. Germain. For 75 Million Euros.

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