AZ trainer Pascal Jansen has called Albert Gudmundsson and Jesper Karlsson to the mat. On Saturday the attackers were clearly not happy with their switch in the duel with ADO Den Haag (2-1).
“I think body language is extremely important, because everyone sees it. So I pointed out to them,” says Jansen to the Noordhollands Dagblad. “I think that can be different and must be different. You‘re a professional, another player comes into the field for you, it’s a team sport and in it you do it all together. That‘s what you have to behave.”
Whether Gudmundsson and Karlsson appear in the cup cracker against Ajax at kick-off, Jansen doesn’t want to say yet. However, the coach is clear about how he wants to fight the people of Amsterdam. “With guts, the intention is.” He watched The Classical with great interest. “I‘ve seen what you don’t have to do against Ajax and what you should do. Especially after the first half hour, Feyenoord played in a way that I am very excited about, with much more pressure on Ajax.”
“That was what Feyenoord maintained, with quality at the ball,” continues Jansen. “As Steven Berghuis said afterwards: they threw away the trepidation, showed much more guts and got better in the game. And in the end, Feyenoord was entitled to more than it got.”
The Alkmaarders have to do without Jonas Svensson, Ron Vlaar, Dani de Wit and Mo Taabouni.