Dusan Tadic is relieved that Ajax has qualified for the group stage of the Champions League. The team from Amsterdam secured their participation in the main tournament at the expense of the Cypriot APOEL.
"This is very important for us", Tadic said after the return in the Johan Cruijff ArenA at Veronica . "The pressure for us was great. This type of competition is always difficult, but thanks to our fans we are stronger."
Ajax won the return against APOEL 2-0, after the first match on Cyprus ended in 0-0 last week. Shortly before half-time, base deputy Edson Álvarez opened the score, after which Tadic made the decision ten minutes before time.
"These types of teams always play compactly against us," said the captain. "This was a difficult opponent for us with more rotation in the team. Moreover, the field was not so good for our game."
Ajax celebrates reaching the group stage of the Champions League. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"I think Ajax belongs in the Champions League"
Nevertheless, after 2003, 2005, 2010 and last year Ajax qualified for the fifth time through the qualifications for the Champions League. Things went wrong in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
"It is a beautiful day for us. This victory is nice and very important. I think Ajax belongs in the Champions League", Tadic decided.
The draw for the group phase of the Champions League will be held on Thursday from 6 pm in Monaco. Ajax is classified in pot 2.
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