Ajax (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Rensch, Timber, Martinez, Tagliafico; Alvarez, Klaassen, Gravenberch; Antony, Tadic, Neres. All. Ten Hag.
Roma (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez; Bruno Peres, Villar, Veretout, Spinazzla; Pellegrini, Pedro; Dzeko. All. Fonseca.
Referee: Karasev (Russia)
Tv: 9pm Sky, Tv8
If it’s really the time for the Vinicius and the Foden, without bothering Mbappé, the Rome is doomed. But what is the real strength of the generational change in football, at a time when even Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been questioned? But if experience counts, as Paulo Fonseca hopes, the Giallorossi are in an iron barrel: Dzeko (35) and Pedro (33) are old dragons of Europe who challenge an all-baby defense also for the injury to Blind. On the pitch there will be a difference of 2.55 years per player, if ever regret will go to goal among the Dutch former Giallorossi Stekelenburg (38 years old). The gap, however, even rises to 4.09 if 21-year-old Scherpen plays.
It is the match of total football, born with Michels and reached Ten Hag, against the adapted football of Fonseca, who started with the idea of possession and then reached 30% against Sassuolo of the 2000 class Raspadori and of the 2002 Oddei class. The Portuguese coach also said on the eve: «Ajax and Sassuolo are alike in their desire to play the game. We need the perfect match, without defensive errors, also remembering that we are playing for qualification in two games ».
Ajax have the league in hand – 11 points clear and one game short of PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar – and they will be in the next Champions League as usual. Psychologically it is a nice advantage. Roma is played almost all in one night. Seventh in the league, he can go to the Champions League by winning the Europa League. But are four seats with seven competitors more “comfortable” or one seat with only seven rivals? The answer to Fonseca, which is without Mkhitaryan and Smalling stayed at home. Compulsory training is not always a bad thing.
April 7, 2021 (change April 7, 2021 | 23:17)
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