Willem Janssen believes that FC Utrecht was outclassed by Ajax on Sunday at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The Domstedelingen lost 4-0 to the Eredivisie leader.
"I have been running for a while, but I have never played away like that. With that 4-0 defeat we really get away really well", said the 33-year-old captain of FC Utrecht after various games against various media.
"We didn't do much else than against PSV when we won 3-0", Janssen continued. "But Ajax combined so quickly. Time and again we were too late. Every time that stab between the lines and they were fierce too."
Donny van de Beek (2), Dusan Tadic and Lisandro Martínez scored for Ajax. The difference in strength was not only visible in the results, but the statistics were also very much in favor of the team from Amsterdam. Ajax, for example, had 72 percent possession of the ball and shot between the posts 15 times. FC Utrecht did not succeed once.
"They play at the level of the Champions League. You see how quickly they act. We are not used to that in the Premier League," said Janssen. "They stand out a few buddies. We were really put off here and that really was because of Ajax. We could have done things better, but if Ajax is accelerating like that, there is no stopping it for us."
John van den Brom congratulates colleague Erik ten Hag on the victory. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Van den Brom: "Ajax played very easily"
FC Utrecht coach John van den Brom was also impressed by Ajax. "It has nothing to do with tactics. You have to stay in the match as long as possible. The tasks were followed, but I think it was already 3-0 after fifteen minutes and then you can forget everything immediately. And yes, Ajax was just very easy to play. "
"We came from a good series and we have a good feeling, but that was done after five minutes," said the 53-year-old Van den Brom at FOX Sports . "That was a pity. We just have to accept this. Once at Ajax with 4-0 losses can happen, but not considering the way."
FC Utrecht occupies fourth place in the Eredivisie after thirteen rounds with 23 points. After the international break, AZ will visit De Galgenwaard on Saturday 23 November. Ajax is the leader with 35 points and continues the competition (also on November 23) at home against Heracles Almelo.
View the results, the stand and the program in the Eredivisie