Coach Leonid Slutsky is happy with the point that Vitesse was left home on Saturday evening against Ajax (2-2). The Russian is impressed by what his team showed in the GelreDome.
"We have played a great game in my eyes," Slutsky said after his team's first competition game this season in conversation with FOX Sports . "We created enough opportunities and made two goals. Of course Ajax also had many opportunities, but we definitely deserve this result."
Vitesse took the lead twice in front of their own audience, but Ajax fought back into the match just as often. The team from Amsterdam - aided by Riechedly Bazoer's red card five minutes before time - insisted in the final phase and were close to the winning goal, but Vitesse held out against the Dutch champion.
"After the red card we only thought about defending. In the final phase it was very defensive," laughed Slutsky. "But if we try to get 70 percent possession of the ball against Ajax and to dominate, that is no chance. I am very happy with the team performance and the way we played in the switch."
Vitesse had a hard time in the final phase because of the red card from Bazoer, but Slutsky cannot blame the former Ajax player. "In that phase of the game there were many tackles and strong head duels anyway. It really was a fighting game, which made it difficult to control. Bazoer's tackle was an emotional moment, nothing more."
Riechedly Bazoer was sent away five minutes before time. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"My red card was correct"
Bazoer, who signed a three-year contract with Vitesse this summer, was still important for the home team after the break by shooting the 2-1 beautifully. The 22-year-old midfielder sees his red card as an excuse at his match.
"I now think more of that stupid red card than of my goal", confessed the six-time Oranje-international, who received a yellow card for commentary on the lead in the 82nd minute and was able to leave three minutes later after attacking David with two legs Neres.
"The first yellow card was stupid of me, because I asked for a card. At the second moment I went a little too fast. I understood the decision right away, so I turned around quickly and walked to the dressing room."
Bazoer hopes to revive his career after disappointing periods at VfL Wolfsburg, FC Porto and FC Utrecht at Vitesse. De Utrechter feels that he is on the right track. "I have to show it now, but I have every confidence in that. I want to become a little more important for the team. It is going in the right direction and hopefully I can keep it up."
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