Schreuder: ‘In terms of atmosphere, this is one of the best possible draws for Ajax’

Alfred Schreuder is excited about Ajax‘s Champions League draw. The trainer does realize that the Amsterdammers are facing a tough task in Group A with Liverpool, Napoli and Rangers FC as opponents.
โ€œIt’
s a great draw for us, with beautiful posters,โ€ says Schreuder at the press conference. โ€œIt‘s going to be difficult for us, but so are the opponents. We want to spend the winter in Europe.โ€ He deliberately does not speak of hibernating in the Champions League. โ€œWe don’t have to say we‘re wintering in the Champions League. At the end of the next week, we need to see how we are doing, also in view of the transfer window.โ€
The three opponents of Ajax are known for the atmosphere in their stadiums. โ€œIt’
s beautiful, that was my first impression. You became a football player for such matches. I think this is one of the best possible draws in terms of atmosphere. Then you quickly talk about the away games, but the home games are also great. I think those teams in the Johan Cruijff Arena are also going to play great matches.โ€
Schreuder is impressed by Liverpool and Rangers FC. The Scots were still in charge of PSV in the playoffs on Wednesday. โ€œI really liked them, with a good field occupation. They were the dominant party from minute one. They didn‘t get into much trouble in the second half. Last year, they were also very strong in Europe and now they have a good team again. There is an incredible mentality in the team.โ€ He doesn’t know too much about Napoli yet. โ€œI expect an open game against Napoli, the number of goals indicates that it is an offensive team.โ€
Schreuder was an assistant in the 2018/2019 season, when Ajax reached the semi-finals of the billion-dollar ball. Now he is ultimately responsible. โ€œSince then, Ajax has grown in Europe, you can see that in the players who walk around here. Our status has grown. When I was assistant to Ronald Koeman at FC Barcelona, you hear people talking about the Ajax of that season. For such matches, the players have now come to Ajax again.โ€
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