The Amsterdammers claimed a hard fought 3-2 win over AZ Alkmaar, and the former Barcelona player admitted that his troops deserved to claim all three points at the end of 90 minutes.

  • By Haris Ansari

f de boerAjax Amsterdam manager, Frank de Boer, was extremely delighted with his side’s impressive 3-2 victory over AZ Alkmaar at AFAS Stadion on Sunday, March 17.

The Dutch mentor admitted that he knew ahead of the game that it will not be an easy task to secure maximum points at AFAS Stadion, but his troops staged a solid show to claim the win at the end of 90 minutes.

“You know that when you go to AZ, it’s usually going to be a difficult match. And it was this time, too”, De Boer was quoted as saying to the media in the post-match press conference.

Ajax managed to hit the back of the net twice within the opening 22 minutes of action through Siem de Jong and Daley Blind. The 42-year-old tactician revealed that he was looking forward for another goal at that time, as his side was playing fluently.

“At 0-2, we were waiting for the 0-3 goal to come, not a goal against. Fortunately they didn’t score a tying goal”, De Boer stated further.

Nonetheless, De Joden failed to extend their lead further, and had to settle for a two goals advantage at the half-time break. AZ resumed action brightly in the second-half, and managed to pull one back in the 47th minute through Markus Henriksen.

However, De Jong netted his second of the evening in the 59th minute to restore his side’s two-goal advantage. Jozy Altidore reduced the deficit to one goal in the 74th minute, but it was not enough for the home side to change the outcome of the match, as the Amsterdammers held their nerves until the full time whistle to claim a 3-2 victory.

And the former Barcelona player expressed his satisfaction over the outcome.

“I’m satisfied. We played well for sixty per cent of the game, and for forty per cent we weren’t as good”, De Boer added.

AZ dropped down to 14th spot on the Eredivisie table, only a solitary point clear of the relegation zone. However, the Amsterdammers boss insisted that the Alkmaar outfit do not deserve to be occupying the spot in the bottom-half of the table.

“AZ showed that they aren’t occupying the spot that they deserve to be in”, De Boer concluded.

Ajax remains unmoved at the summit of the league table.

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