Calvin Stengs is part of the selection of AZ for the duel with Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday. In Alkmaar the number two of the Netherlands and the Czech Republic compete in one duel for a ticket for the third preliminary round of the Champions League.
So it is immediately all or nothing for AZ, which without the creative inspiration of Stengs had a very mediocre preparation. The attacker suffered a muscle injury during training last month.
“In most matches we have not succeeded enough in creating chances”, concludes trainer Arne Slot, who is also satisfied with the progress made by the Alkmaar players in the defence and in midfield.
Exercise results say Slot little
The results achieved during the practice campaign, with only one victory in six duels, say Slot little. “We have deliberately chosen not to pit our attackers against amateur clubs, but for the highest resistance.”