Henk de Jong does not blame SC Cambuur players after the 9-0 defeat at Ajax. The Leeuwarders trainer especially praises the strength of the Amsterdammers.
Despite the punishment in the Johan Cruijff Arena, all Cambuur players stepped off the field without a yellow card. De Jong saw no shortage of combative spirit. “There were situations, but lets just be honest. We tried everything, but Ajax was just better in every way,” he says at ESPN. “Youll find them at the wrong time, right after that great game in Portugal. We werent up to that, in no way.”
De Jong notes that there was no holding for Cambuur. “That happens against Ajax. I think it was also 7-0 at Bayern – Bochum, so you can do anything, but they walk in between. Theyre a little too good for us right now.” The coach doesnt think he was too naive either. “I didnt do it wrong, did I? We countered, but Ajax was just too good. They pushed us back on their own half.”
De Jong doesnt want to know about criminal training either. “Im totally disappointed with the result, but Im not going to drop my boys. You can lose to a very good Ajax. We have a bad night, but tomorrow Ill be right in front of the group again. They were just too good for us, in all positions.”
💪 Henk de Jong does not leave his head hanging after the punishment against Ajax.” Im not dropping my boys” pic.twitter.com/Rex6GNQYJb
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