The Ajax supremo expressed that a draw against the Old Lady side in their home turf was not ideal for them but he is optimistic that they can still surpass Juventus in the second leg.
Ajax dominated the first leg against the Italian giants in Amsterdam arena but did not manage to score goals to show for it in a 1-1 draw against Juventus, in the first 30 seconds of the second half the Ajax winger David Neres cancelled out Ronaldo’s opener.
In the press match conference, the Ajax manager stated: “[1-1] is not the result you hope for, but it is a result. Last time we also lost 2-1 to Madrid at home – we are still good at it.
“We spent a lot of time in possession and were patient. And we had some very good opportunities in the game. At half-time I told them to keep doing what they were doing, you see that Juventus make mistakes.”
Juventus manager Massimilio Allegri also accolades about this young Ajax team, previously who had lost all the six games against Juventus in European games.
Allegri voiced: “Ajax are a great team, very good technically dribbling very well in the flanks. We had to make better use of some occasions, even if they are good at pressing second balls.
“When they scored at the start of the second half this gave him confidence, then some of our mistakes helped them, and we had to become more compact. I added so many technical players to let us breathe.”