Sep 21, 2023 at 11:51 PM Update: 24 minutes ago
Maurice Steijn and Steven Berghuis are moderately satisfied with Ajax’s 3-3 draw against Olympique Marseille in the Europa League on Thursday. The trainer and midfielder remain critical of the Amsterdam team’s play, but also see bright spots.
“I can be satisfied with this match,” Steijn said to RTL afterwards. “I saw some very nice attacks, but it was also open.”
Ajax quickly took a 2-0 lead, but Marseille leveled before half time. Kenneth Taylor scored the 3-2 in the second half, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still divided the points in the spectacular match with his second goal.
“After this noisy week and mediocre match against FC Twente (3-1 defeat, ed.) I am happy that we have put this on the mat,” said Steijn. “We had the chance to decide the game, but we gave it away.”
Berghuis also sees progress
“There was more to it,” Berghuis said to Veronica. “Conceding three goals at home is not allowed. We have given away far too many chances and goals. They go through the transition a few times. We had to eliminate that counter.”
“Many football aspects need to be improved. It is progress compared to the match with Twente, but it can be much better.”
It was the fourth match in a row that Ajax failed to win. Steijn’s team will receive Feyenoord in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Sunday. The Rotterdam team won 2-0 against Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday.
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