“We didn’t show our best football, but we always kept fighting.” Trainer Arne Slot acknowledged that AZ had to work hard to reach the third qualifying round of the Champions League at the expense of Viktoria Plzen.
It was alarm phase 1 for AZ against the Czechs, but a goal in injury time from Teun Koopmeiners and two hits in the extension of Albert Gudmundsson ensured Alkmaar’s liberation.
Exemplary: fire alarm goes off
It was therefore exemplary that during Slot’s press conference the fire alarm in the stadium was sounded by the celebrating AZ fans, who set off fireworks outside.
“We are now hoping for a good draw and especially if we play a home game”, Slot continued. “Benfica, Dinamo Kiev or Gent. It doesn’t matter who becomes the opponent. Because if we have a hard time with Plzen, we’ll have a hard time with these opponents…”
Next Monday it will be announced who will be the opponent of AZ.