Ajax had a fantastic start to the Champions League season thanks to excellence Sébastien Haller and Antony. FootbalPrimeur draws six conclusions after the eclatant 1-5 victory with Portuguese champion Sporting Portugal.
Right flank impresses From the very first whistle, Ajax‘s right touchline was dangerous. Noussair Mazraoui got plenty of room to stand up, while Antony showed his immediate opponent all corners of the field. The two once again showed that they have an excellent click. The harvest: three assists by Antony and one from Mazraoui.
Sporting falls dirty against Sporting Portugal finally became champion of Portugal, but then saw the promising back Nuno Mendes leave for Paris Saint-Germain. Ajax also lacked captain Sebastián Coates and top scorer Pedro Gonçalves. The lack of the mainstay pillars proved too much. Rúben Amorim’s team was disappointing.
Number ten BerghuisSteven Berghuis is still searching for his role as number ten, but his first goal for Ajax gives him a big boost. Although the interplay with his teammates can be even better, the progression is visible. What if Davy Klaassen is fit again later? Erik ten Hag has something to choose.
Pasveer does not make a best turnShort before the kickoff it became clear that Maarten Stekelenburg could not play after all. With Remko Pasveer, there was another nestor under the bar. After more than half an hour, he went painfully wrong, causing Sporting to return to the game. At this level, such errors should not happen.
Finkjesgate has forgotten last season, Haller was missing in Europe due to the much-discussed check mark. As a result, the striker made his European debut on behalf of Ajax on Wednesday and with two goals within ten minutes, the start was swirling. It was a night to remember, because after half time Haller scored twice. He is the first Ajax player in history to score four times in a single Champions League duel.
Main competitor remotely In advance, Sporting Portugal was seen as the main competitor in the battle for place two, behind Borussia Dortmund. Ajax immediately handed out a crucial blow in Lisbon with a view to the mutual outcome and goal balance. The next test will be on September 28, when Besiktas visits Johan Cruijff Arena.