Following victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, Ajax find themselves one game away from a first Champions League final in over 20 years. The 2nd leg of their showdown with Spurs awaits them on Wednesday. But in the meantime, Erik ten Haag‘s men had a domestic cup match to attend to, the KNVB Cup Final.
Their opponents, Willem II, went into this encounter as clear underdogs, currently sitting in 8th position in the Eredivisie. Adrie Koster’s side held faint hope of an upset. Perhaps their adversaries would be caught daydreaming about the prospects of walking out at the Wanda Metropolitana on the 1st of June.
Despite conceding a handful of quality opportunities in the early stages, Ajax eventually ran out comfortable 0-4 winners. This tactical analysis will attempt to break down another impressive performance from ‘De Godenzonen’.
Many wondered if Ten Hag would rest some of his star players at Stadion Feijenoord, but the former Utrecht coach elected to make only the subtlest of changes. At right-back, Rasmus Nissen came in for Joel Veltman. While midfielder Lasse Schone was replaced by Noussair Mazraoui. Klaas Jan Huntelaar lead the line, with Dusan Tadic moving into David Neres‘ usual spot on the left flank.