A 6th place position in the Eredivisie League and last place in their Champions League Group H, this Ajax is not the same team that used to wipe their opposition and claim victories despite what obstacle was in front of them.
Ajax is set to face Celtic in the Champions League group stages and a victory is what they need to keep hopes alive on advancing any further. Barcelona are at the top with 7 points and Ac.Milan follow close behind with 5 points meanwhile Ajax are struggling having only secured 1 point so far.
When Louis van Gaal was in charge of the team, Ajax was much more focused on training young players and they still are concentrating on doing just that but due to the fact that Ajax needs to sell in order to survive, it’s taking a big toll on the Dutch side.
Trying to promote young, homegrown players is a routine which has become standard for them. During the match Ajax played against Celtic some weeks ago the only player that was older than 24 was Christian Poulsen meanwhile all the other were young players even some making debuts while this is not a bad thing it just describes the man weakness they are suffering which is having an energetic fast paced team that lack experience.
Similar to many matches like Barcelona endured in which they enjoyed having more than 60% of possession it was the same thing when Ajax played against Vitesse in their Dutch league fixture that saw them having more possession but still losing 1-0 they need the clinical edge that can once more put them at the top of their game and transform themselves into one of the best teams in the world.
The manager of the Netherlands national football team, Louis van Gaal, has said that he wants to manage a Premier League team.
Premier League is the only major league which Gaal hasn’t won so far as a manager. He has already won La Liga with Barcelona, Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and Eredivisie with Ajax Amsterdam.
Talking to the reporters a couple of days back, Gaal made it clear that he would love to be the manager of a Premier League team if the right opportunity comes his way.
Gaal said, “I have won top flight titles in Germany and Spain. Now, I think England is the third place to do it and that’s the reason why I want to manage one of the Premier League teams.”
“The atmosphere happens to be amazing in the Premier League. It’s completely different from any other league in the world.”
Gaal is considered as one of the best managers in Europe. Last year, he had been appointed as the manager of the Dutch team at a very difficult time. Netherlands had crashed out early from Euro 2012 and things were looking in tatters for them.
But, Gaal has changed the fortunes of the team completely. Under his guidance, Netherlands has performed fantastically well in the world cup qualifying matches. They are currently at the top of the Group D points table with 18 points in 6 matches. Hungary which is at no. 2 has 7 points less than the Dutch team.
A few days back, Gaal appointed the Manchester United superstar Robin van Persie as the new captain of the Dutch team.
When asked about that move, Gaal said, “You want a confident player leading the side and Robin is full of confidence at the moment. He is in the form of his life and I thought he was the right man to be given this responsibility.”