The third top of this super month is already over: after Ajax-PSV and PSV-AZ it was Ajax-Feyenoords turn. However, it was not a classic in the Johan Cruijff Arena: Ryan Gravenberch made the 1-0 and so everything was said. However, football scoop has found enough discussion points to indicate this edition of Ajax-Feyenoord!
Ajax disappoints, Feyenoord becomes too late WakkerFeyenoord seemed to fear the worst for a moment and dug in during the opening phase. Only after Gravenberchs 1-0 the guests from Rotterdam dared to find their way forward. With a little bit more luck they could have achieved a result. Ajax is now halfway through the season and is four points ahead on PSV and six points on Feyenoord, but the title race has not yet been completed. Especially not if Ajax keeps playing like this week after week… Against PSV it was flashing at times, but the Ten Hag team couldnt really hit that level for a moment in De Classical.
Schuurs versus TimberHow will the center of Ajax look like against AZ on Wednesday? Perr Schuurs signed a new contract this week, but had to give way to Jurriën Timber for the second consecutive contest. Whether that was a successful intervention by Ten Hag, we cannot really say. Timber hardly had to defend and was allowed to go undisturbed in the construction. The fact is, however, that the battle for a spot next to Daley Blind is completely open.
Haller-investment seems golden handleThree matches, three assists: Haller was kept in control by Uros Spajic and Marcos Senesi, but was still decisive for Ajax. Can Haller continue this line and help Ajax to Champions League millions with his goals and assist? In that case, his transfer sum of 22.5 million is a more than sensible investment by Ajax.
The last hunt of The HunterHow would the injured Klaas-Jan Huntelaar actually have watched? Whether its wise or not, the 37-year-old striker is on his way to Gelsenkirchen to help his old love Schalke 04 in the demotion battle. The current number two in the line of Ajax spires — Lassina Traoré is injured, Brian Brobbey fell in for Haller seven minutes before — so seems to mean nothing more in the diptych between Ajax and AZ later this month. Would Ajax, Schalke and/or Huntelaar still regret that? Time will tell.
Haps: the (un) similar of Derksen and Advocate Veronica Inside-Nestor Johan Derksen already felt the mood: left-back Ridgeciano Haps would be abused again during De Classical as a left outside, he predicted. Trainer Dick Advocate posted the number 5 to Noussair Mazraoui. Whether it was a successful procedure depends on what you emphasize. Mazraoui could hardly reach attacks, but Haps missed the biggest chance Feyenoord got in Amsterdam. But what left-back would have scored in that situation?
Malacia: the (un) equal of Derksen and Advocate Why Tyrell Malacia is a left-back if you also have Haps, Derksen wondered. Lawyer did, however, and the 21-year-old youth international was one of the best on the field. Antony had nothing to say to the razor-sharp Malacia and was already switched halfway through the second half. Federal coach Frank de Boer will undoubtedly have watched approvingly. He already made a promising left-back debut with Owen Wijndal (AZ): will Malacia become his biggest competitor in Oranje in the coming years?
Senesis largest gold mine in De KuipFeyenoord sold Dirk Kuyt to Liverpool in the summer of 2006 and collected eighteen million euros. That record still stands more than fourteen years later, but could soon die. The aforementioned Senesi had to recover from the fright after the 1-0 of Ajax, but was still one of the great excels during De Classical. Argentine youth international, contract until 2023, also an Italian passport and regularly outstanding in the Eredivisie: if no crazy things happen, Feyenoord will sell Senesi for a nice price.
(Hein Nooijens/Football scoop)