Six Ajax conclusions: Álvarez indispensable, CL millions flow in

Ajax secured the group win in the Champions League on Wednesday by a 1-2 win at Besiktas. The team of coach Erik ten Hag battled back from a backlog after halftime thanks to two goals by Sébastien Haller. FootballPrimeur draws six conclusions.
Álvarez is indispensableYou don‘t miss him until he does not participate: it turned out to apply to Edson Álvarez in Istanbul. Without the Mexican ball conqueror Ajax was particularly vulnerable in the event of loss of ball. Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen and Steven Berghuis sometimes even all three were in front of the ball. The conclusion: the Amsterdammers can no longer live without Álvarez.
Ajax matches performance from 1995Ajax is the first Dutch club to hibernate as a group winner since the 1995/1996 season, following itself. The Amsterdammers can also become the seventh team to close the group phase with six victories. Only AC Milan (1992/1993), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/1995), Spartak Moscow (1995/1996), Barcelona (2002/2003), Real Madrid (2011/2012 and 2014/2015) and Bayern Munich (2019/2020) were successful earlier. Ajax is still playing at home against Sporting Portugal on December 7.
CL phenomenon HallerSébastien Haller scored twice against Besiktas and is now the first player in Champions League history to target nine times in the first five games. The Ivorian international is shared top scorer of the tournament with Robert Lewandowski. In addition, he is shared second on Ajax’
s eternal top scorer list in the billion-dollar ball, together with Dusan Tadic and Patrick Kluivert. Jari Litmanen leads twenty goals. Does the Finn have to be worried yet?
The Tadic variant Ajax will have to miss Haller in January because of the Africa Cup. The duel with Besiktas was therefore a great time to take the Tadic-variant out of the stable again. However, the Serb barely got a foothold before rest, although of course that wasn‘t just him. Unfortunately, it was not a successful experiment in Istanbul, but it is too early to write off Tadic as a striker again.
Onana is backThe much-discussed Andre Onana returned against Besiktas in the base of Ajax. Ten Hag gave him the chance to gain match rhythm, but it was like the Cameroonian never left. The active goalkeeper came far out of his goal, was quiet at the ball and performed a very important salvation shortly before rest. “He’
s just an absolute top of the world,” said Rafael van der Vaart at Ziggo Sport. Will we be competing with Remko Pasveer?
Millions continue to flow in The Champions League millions just keep pouring into the Johan Cruijff Arena. Due to the bet on Besiktas, the Amsterdammers are allowed to credit 2.8 million euros again. Ajax was already at least 36 million before the group phase. Due to the good performance, the counter is already at almost seventy million euros in total. It is sour for Ajax that the Arena should remain empty against Sporting, and possibly also in the eighth final. Every duel without fans costs the club about two million.