AZ hopes to put a stop to an Ajax championship party on Sunday afternoon. The Alkmaarders can build on good matches against top teams. “It is not the best Ajax of the second half of the season. We have to ensure that we live up to our reputation by performing well in top matches,” says trainer Pascal Jansen.

    AZ coach Jansen “Ajax not in the best phase optically” – NH Sport / Stephan Brandhorst

    Despite the increasing criticism about the mediocre game of the team from Amsterdam and the difficult victories, Jansen thinks Erik ten Hag’s team is the rightful frontrunner. “In terms of field play, it sparkles a little less now, but they perform extremely well.”

    “I don’t think we can complain. We currently have everyone separately. Yusuf Barasi trains separately and Bruno Martins Indi is a point of attention,” says Jansen about the fitness of the selection. The left central defender has had complaints in his thigh for a number of weeks and is still a question mark for Sunday.

    “The word unnecessary contains a lot”

    AZ trainer pascal jansen

    AZ is currently in fifth place in the Eredivisie. The lesser results against the low-ranking teams are striking. Last week AZ lost points against Sparta Rotterdam and a few weeks earlier it painfully lost against PEC Zwolle. The low number of clean sheets may play a role in this. “The word unnecessary contains a lot, because we regularly run into an unnecessary goal.”

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    “We get unnecessarily many goals against” – NH Sport / Stephan Brandhorst

    The North Holland derby starts at 2.30 pm in Alkmaar. NH Sport reports live on the radio during an extra broadcast. There is also plenty of attention for the celebration of FC Volendam. From 2.45 pm there is also an extra broadcast from Volendam on TV.

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