Marco van Basten was hurt by Ajax’s 6-1 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.

A day after the historic defeat for Ajax, Van Basten was speaking on Ziggo Sport and he said, “Of course I think it’s a shame.

“I am sorry. I am a bit disappointed, we have been spoiled with good results in recent years. This hurts very much, it is not fun and it is not good for Dutch football. 1-6 is a massacre. That you are outclassed by Napoli is surprising. On the one hand, it is a good team, but so many things went wrong.”

The Ajax legend also pointed toward the club’s summer transfer business, “If you look at what has happened: Ajax has received more than 120 million and more than a hundred million has been spent. But when I see the team, I think: where?”

“You now have Bergwijn and Bassey, but the rest of the signings does not matter at all. What is your purchasing policy, what about that? The money has to be on the field, right? So the purchases are strange and crazy, why do you buy those players if you don’t play them? Whether there is something skewed between the technical men, I don’t know. But if you spend a hundred million and just playing two out of nine purchases… I think that’s a bit of a strange story.”

Van Basten also thinks the current generation lack initiative, “You used to have a lot of guys from the street correcting each other in the field. Now you have a lot of guys who come from a perfect youth academy. They are told everything, they no longer have to think for themselves. In the field, they now only look at the trainer to see what they have to do.”




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