AZ-trainer Arne Slot is not afraid that it will be more difficult for his team to reach the play-offs of the Europa League now that the return against Ukrainian Mariupol has to be played on artificial grass on Thursday.
Due to the partial collapse of the roof of the AFAS Stadium last weekend, AZ is moving to the ADO Den Haag stadium for the upcoming home matches. In contrast to the home port in Alkmaar, there is artificial grass there.
"The background will not be decisive," said Slot, who saw his team scoring a draw in Ukraine last week, looking ahead to the return in the third preliminary round of the Europa League on Wednesday.
“The match will be decided based on the individual class of a player or a referee who does or does not give a penalty. Such decisions have a much greater influence than the background on which we play. "
"In addition, our boys are used to playing on artificial grass. Of course we regularly play on that in the Premier League and we also have access to that at the AFAS Training Complex."
Finally impressed by ADO hospitality
AZ had to look for a new location quickly after part of the roof of the AFAS Stadium came down due to the strong wind. ADO The Hague offered a helping hand, as a result of which the Alkmaarders will at least complete the next two home games in the Car Jeans Stadium.
“What we immediately notice is the great hospitality of ADO and the enormous work that the people from the AZ organization have already carried out. It is special that this stadium has had an AZ look in such a short time. ”
AZ will in any case have to score in The Hague after the first game last week ended in 0-0. “We were given many options at the time, but there were no major opportunities. That will have to change tomorrow. I expect that at least just like in the away game, we will have a large field predominance. "
Slot can have a fully fit selection on Thursday in The Hague. The kick-off is at 8.30 p.m.