Because of the third place in group D of the Champions League, Bayer Leverkusen will continue in the Europa League after the winter break and so trainer Peter Bosz can hit his old club Ajax. The coach hopes that he will not meet the Amsterdam team for the time being.
"It's not that I don't want to play against Ajax, but preferably only as late as possible in the tournament. That means that we both get far", Bosz told Veronica .
56-year-old Bosz, who led Ajax to the Europa League final in the 2016/2017 season, lost home Juventus 0-2 on Wednesday. The Bundesliga club therefore remained at six points in the group stage, at a reasonable distance from Atlético Madrid (ten points) and Juventus (sixteen points).
The day before, Bosz saw Ajax being eliminated in the Champions League due to a 0-1 loss against Valencia. "I think the elimination of Ajax is unfair when you see how they played. The away match against Chelsea was very unfortunate. On the other hand, it is difficult if you have no speed in the front", he referred to the absence of the injured Quincy Promes and David Neres against Valencia.
1Summary Bayer Leverkusen-Juventus (0-2)
Bosz is satisfied with Sinkgraven
Bosz believes that Leverkusen has also had more in this Champions League adventure. "We left points here and there that we could have grabbed. There was also more against Juventus."
It was striking that the Apeldoorner against the Italian champion for the first time this season, Daley Sinkgraven, who came over from Ajax last summer, awarded a base place in the ball of millions. Despite the 2-0 defeat by goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín, Bosz was satisfied with the left back game.
"Daley played excellent and that is great. He has been injured for almost two years, but I know him from my time at Ajax and can therefore judge his qualities well. Because of his injuries we have brought him slowly and we must be careful now too. But he did well against Juventus. "
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The draw for the sixteenth finals is Monday
The draw for the sixteenth Europa League finals is Monday in Nyon, Switzerland. It is possible that Feyenoord will be the third Dutch club in addition to Ajax and AZ, but the Rotterdammers must win on Thursday at FC Porto and even then they are dependent on the result of the other group match between Rangers FC and Young Boys.
The matches in Porto and Glasgow start at 9 p.m. The 16th finals of the Europa League will be played on 20 and 27 February and the final battle will be in Gdansk, Poland, on 27 May.
View the program and the positions in the Europa League