''Offence is the best defence''Dec 08, 2014
Johan Cruyff hopes to see Ajax progress to the Europa League, joining Feyenoord and PSV as the third Dutch club to play European football at the start of 2015. Cruyff sees the match of Ajax against Willem II, last weekend, as a good rehearsal for their Champions League encounter against APOEL Nicosia. In his weekly column in Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf' he elaborates on Ajax's chances and game plan.
''Not under any circumstances, Ajax can afford to lose against APOEL. For me it is simple: offence is the best defence. On that score, the match against Willem II has been a good lesson. If you lead with 4-0 before half-time, you cannot play the kind of football in the second half as Ajax did against Willem II.''
''With a score like that (leading 4-0), you should play football having fun and entertain the audience, but at the same time stay focused in order to prevent wasting unnecessary energy and catching injuries. This was not the case against Willem II, which is a shame.''
''This could have consequences while playing against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League. Ajax require only one point (for qualification EL), but to gamble on that involves risks. Choose the offence and execute it wisely based on the ultimate in technique: one-touch football.''