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How not to play

Nov 24, 2014

Ajax's 4-1 win over sc Heerenveen looks good on paper, but last weekend's match mostly made clear how not to play, argues Johan Cruyff in his weekly column in Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf'.

"If Ajax were going to use the match against Heerenveen as a test towards the Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain, than that did not go well. Yes it was a win, but it was also a weak display of football. Even down to ten men Heerenveen kept much possession because Ajax played many lateral passes. Too often midfielders' first touches were with their back towards the opponent's goal instead of facing it. The defense was hanging back which resulted in the midfield not being able to play pressure and allowing Heerenveen to move through Ajax's lines."

"Ajax will face a tough match if they play against Paris Saint-Germain in the same manner. Especially against those kind of opponents you have to play as a team, with the attacking line dropping back a little and the defenders moving forward, keeping little space between the lines. This results in a bigger chance of controlling the games as the opponents have less space to build up an attack."

"The framework is there for Ajax, but as a team they have to grow. Especially against Paris Saint-Germain the team needs to realize they have to play together, because I reckon the French will give it their all."

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