In the Champions League, Ajax prevailed against Borussia Dortmund. Marco Reus opened the scoreline after scoring their own goal. Daley Blind scored the second goal which was struck beautifully. In the second half, Antony scored one goal while Haller scored the second one.
The victory is the reflection of an excellent performance by Ajax rather than a bad one by Dortmund. Despite a bad performance by Dortmund, Erling Haaland tried his best. He garnered three shots on target and a total xG of 1.56.
If it weren’t for Remko Pasveer, Ajax would have conceded that night. The stand-in goalkeeper made terrific saves.
Can Ajax 2021/22 be as good as they were in 2018/19?
Erik Ten Hag assembled a super squad of youngsters and academy players in 2018/19. They went on to reach the semifinals after eliminating Juventus and Madrid.
The stars of that team are currently on different paths but Ajax should not be overlooked.
After Chelsea, Ajax has the least goals conceded. They have scored the most goals this season.
In the champions league they are yet to be defeated and their player Sebastian Haller is the current top scorer.
It is difficult to predict whether they can be as good as their previous team. But Ajax should not be considered an easy opponent and can go a long way in the Champions League.
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The attacking midfielder is also from the Ajax academy and can fill the shoes of Van De Beek. The 20-year-old is familiar with the club’s method and is technical with the ball.
He finds it easy to get out of tight situations and can often play either as a number 8 or 10.
Gravenberch first played for the senior team in 2018. After lots of patience and showing his worth in training sessions. A year later he started playing regularly and is now being monitored by top European clubs.
He is a central midfielder who is calm with the ball and is a player who controls the tempo of the game.
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