Ajax on fire

UEFA Europa League 2020: Ajax vs Getafe tactical analysis tactics

Yes! AFC Ajax is literally on fire this season. Not just in the Eredivisie, but in the Champions League too. Now it feels like they are scoring goals for fun. The UCL match against Borrusia Dortmund was expected to be an end to end match. But the Dutch side made it look like an easy game played against a weaker team. Another dominant performance from Ajax this season. It’s the perfect time in the season to try some Ajax betting.

The main question asked by the media was how Ajax would stop Haaland from scoring goals. The Dutch manager, Erik ten Hag, was very optimistic, and he stated that they are not going to face just Haaland, but a team of eleven players. But the tactician had a clear idea of how he was going to stop Haaland. We saw how it was perfectly implemented against Dortmund. He knew that focusing on how to control Haaland would not solve the issue. But stopping the whole team will work. Stopping the attack before the ball reaches Haaland. Apart from one or two chances, the game plan was successful for Ajax.

Overall this season, Ajax has had a great run. In the Dutch league, they have just lost a single game. After completing nine matches, they are on the top of the table, scored 32 goals and conceded just two. A goal difference of 30 goals.

Ajax was not considered as a top team when the draws for the UCL was happening. But everything turned around after the first game against Sporting. They thrashed them by five goals. In which four came from Sebastian Haller. A perfect debut for the Ivory Coast International.

Haller and the Brazilian International Antony are the keys to the Dutch side’s attack this season. Haller is the top scorer in the Champions League with six goals, and Antony has three assists.

When we see this Ajax, our minds take us to a couple of years back when another Ajax under ten Hag ran riot on the big European teams. In the 2018-19 season, we witnessed Ajax upsetting the big teams like Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League. At that time, the team had de Ligt, de Jong, Van de Beek, Ziyech to pull the strings. They were the primary keys to the team’s dream run till the semifinal. But all these players left within two seasons.

Erik ten Hag created a team that looks exactly like the 2018-19 team. He deserves appreciation for making such a team after the departure of many key players. We might see another dream run from Ajax this season. With the form, they are on. It’s a real possibility.