Thomas Doll believes he can eliminate Ajax with APOEL Nicosia. The German has only just started working as a trainer for the Cypriots, but his first impressions give him confidence in a successful outcome.
"We know that we will have to be flawless and I am convinced that we will look good," said the 53-year-old Doll at his press conference on Monday evening.
"When I see how my players have worked in the past few days, that makes me optimistic. Everything can happen and Ajax has recently scored some goals. We have to believe in it."
Doll was appointed APOEL trainer about a week and a half ago, which fired Italian Paolo Tramezzani after losing to Qarabag (1-2) in the third preliminary round of the Champions League. The Cypriots did the job in the return.
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For Doll it is a strange sensation that he has to get started with APOEL immediately. "Two weeks ago I was still on vacation and now I am ready to face Ajax. Let's dream," he said.
"Certainly in matches like this it is important that we defend well. Ajax scores a lot and if we give away too much space, that can become a problem. It will be two difficult matches, but we will enjoy it."
The Cypriot competition has not started yet. APOEL has already played four European matches, as Bosnian Sutjeska was won in the second heat of the Champions League.
APOEL-Ajax starts Tuesday at 9 p.m. and is headed by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz. The return is next Wednesday at the same time in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
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