Jan van Halst saw that Edson Álvarez and Lisandro Martínez faced off on Thursday evening during the return of the sixteenth final of the Europa League. Lille OSC (2-1 win) turned out to be ‘examples’. The analyst finds in the program Panic football from Ziggo Sport that there Ajax there is currently a ‘balance’ between mentality and quality. In the program there are also laudatory voices about the performance of Lille in Amsterdam.
David Neres ultimately signed for the winning goal in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. “Neres and Antony were a bit disappointing, you are waiting for them to deliver added value,” says Van Halst. “Then it’s nice that you have Martínez and Álvarez, because it was a bit of a fighting match. In the past, a Dutch team was childishly put aside. These guys were maybe less playing football, but they don’t pull their paw back. ”
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“That makes them examples for Timber and Gravenberch. You sometimes talk about having to have a balance between mentality and quality in a team. They have that in order. On an evening when the football game was a bit disappointing, something else was asked and Ajax did well ”, concludes Van Halst. In the same program, Jack van Gelder is especially full of praise for Lille when he looks back on Thursday’s Europa League game.
“I enjoyed Lille, they have a fantastic team”, says Van Gelder. “I had to laugh a lot at people saying that Lille and therefore the French league is nothing. They played great football but couldn’t find the goal in the final stages. Fast, fierce, good: I think it is admirable that Ajax has stayed upright, because after twenty minutes I already thought that it would not turn out well. It was a bit lucky Ajax, actually. It was also great, because they had to act quickly and it was difficult to get out. ”
“It was that Lille was not good in the finish”, Youri Mulder comments. “But Ajax got off well, when you see how Lille cut through in the beginning. Good at Ajax, they praised the team spirit. A bit un-Dutch, they didn’t play very well when it came to football. Anyway, Lille did that unbelievably well. In the end they stay upright and that is very clever.