Ajax scouting report (by Ashraf Siddiqui)

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FAN ARTICLE by Ashraf Siddiqui.

Bojan out injured: I suppose that’s good news, often these ex-players, especially ones who didn’t have a great time at Milan, have a tendency to come back and haunt us. Although, after he limped off injured, Ajax beat Go Ahead Eagles, 6-0!

Ajax are similar to PSV: fast/mobile attacking side with most players in 19-23 age range. Christian Poulsen at 33 is the most experienced player in the squad.  Defence-wise they seem weaker than PSV. They seemed to be in all sorts of trouble against PSV last week (PSV won 4-0) and even against Go Ahead Eagles, when under attack defence twisted out of shape.

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They like to use wingers. Viktor Fischer (7)  on the left with Mike van der Hoorn (6), the overlapping left back. And on the right they have Lesley de Sa (34). They are not exceptionally fast like Navas/Bale/Walcott but fast and tricky enough to cause us problems if we are not careful.

Other players to watch out for are

Lerian Duarte (8), plays centrally and makes runs into the box.
– Kolbeinn Sigthórsson (9) came on for Bojan, looked clinical and eager to shoot even from distance.

Overall: Milan has the upper hand in terms of experience and talent. However, Milan cannot afford to take it easy. Amsterdam Arena has never been an easy place for us, even when we had far better teams.

Key points for Milan

  1. As mentioned, their defence isn’t that remarkable, so we need capitalise on that. We need to attack their defence and put them under pressure and they will crack. Players who are capable of running at their defence need to do so. This needs to be done from the starting whistle; not after we have gone a goal down!
  2. Neutralize their wing play:
    1.  Our left backs and right backs have to be alert and need midfield partners to help them double up during defence.
    2. If they like to attack down the wings then that means they are also left exposed on the wings if faced with quick counter attacks.
    3. Have a plan to deal with their key players like Duarte and Sigthórsson. And generally have a plan on marking players and picking up players making a run into the box.
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AjaxIan
AjaxIan
6 years ago

I thinj you’ve got the wrong left back…it’s a young lad called Boileson and he’s quick….just leaves the occasional gap! as for Duarte….I’d love to know when you saw him…hasn’t been that good for Ajax so far…Sigthorsson can put the ball away, but his control is crap!!! The person you have to watch is Fischer…pity we lost Eriksen as the two worked very well together. Milan should have the upper hand, but not easy playing us at the Arena…..we will see!!!

Aviv
Aviv
6 years ago

Hahaha van der Hoorn leftback, that’s funny! He’s a central defender and wont play against Milan.

kelvin
kelvin
6 years ago

Too bad, he’s been really good with Ajax… Really wanted to see him prove all those who said “he’s not Milan material, Serie A is too physical for him yadi yadi ya” WRONG!!..

MrEskola
MrEskola
6 years ago
Reply to  kelvin

Really good with Ajax? 10 games, ZERO goals. We made the right decision. Just like his hair, he’s never going to change.

joajao
joajao
6 years ago

AjaxIan how did you end up on this blog?

SON
6 years ago

What matters is the determination and character shown on the pitch, and it’s not how far but how well with the team.
I am tired of wasting my precious time watching horrible futbal

Raphael Minter
Raphael Minter
6 years ago

Whether our team is good or bad, this is de champions league, Juventus are always winning in Serie A but suffer draws against small teams whiles Milan wins most of our champions league matches. Forza Milan and Forza Ajax but we are going to beat them 2-0, Super Mario and Robinho. Forza Milan

ladon
ladon
6 years ago

This could have been SES’s game. He coukd have been too handful for their back line.
Whatever formation we deploy tomoro, the key is we must not be static as we have always been. We need to run alot. We need to Keep the ball as much as possible and we also need to close them down quickly..

CK
CK
6 years ago

Whatever an individual scout or AC Milan’s scouts say is irrelevant. Muntari and matri is going to start anyway. What’s the point of having scouts???? I hope robi starts ahead of birsa. Not a great fan of robi but he’s certainly more lively n creative. More importantly, he beats player to create space which I never saw from birsa

colonel sulexdinho pato

forza milan all d way we ll win but also we ll surely concede

udochukwu
udochukwu
6 years ago

will allegri play 3 immobile mfs (muntari, ndj, monty)? Will he play unmatriculated matri? Will he prefer mr invisibleman nocerino to cristante as a sub? These are what will determine how we fare. Forza milan, anyways.

peter kenyon
6 years ago

we can play balo robi and bris at the same

lanre583
lanre583
6 years ago

why has our coach not have given cristante chance uptill now, even the time of injury crises he prefer to brought in nocerino instead of this guy. What is the reason of collecting him from coach inzaghi.