Ajax knew in advance that Getafe would do everything to delay the game in the Johan Cruijff ArenA and yet it became a frustrating evening again on Thursday. Donny van de Beek was also annoyed by the time racking of the Spaniards, who had enough of the 2-1 loss to continue in the Europa League.
"It is often said beforehand: don't be tempted by the tent," says Van de Beek. "But the game of Getafe remains annoying, especially if nothing is done about it. The referee kicked in every time."
The midfielder believes that referee Anastasios Sidiropoulos should have intervened harder against time-racking, although the Greek gave the Spanish squad four times to rest.
"I have never seen an opponent like Getafe before. They did not want to play football at all, prefer to lie on the floor and they did not take any action. As a result, we never got into our rhythm."
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"Don't show what we can do"
On the other hand, 23-year-old Van de Beek wants to emphasize that Ajax is to blame for the elimination. After the 2-0 defeat last week in Madrid, the team of coach Erik ten Hag in the ArenA was already 0-1 behind after four minutes, making the situation almost hopeless.
"It happened from a throw-in", Van de Beek is disappointed. "That is not allowed and that is why we immediately followed the facts. The conclusion is that we owe it to ourselves that we are out of it."
"In the Champions League, the elimination was unfortunate, then it was not easy. But in the Europa League we simply did not show what we can do in two matches. Now only the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup are left."
Disappointment afterwards at Ajax. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"We can use anyone"
Ajax and Van de Beek do not have much time to deal with the Getafe slap, because Sunday the Eredivisie topper in the ArenA is already waiting for AZ, which was eliminated by LASK in the Europa League.
Positive for Ajax is that Nicolás Tagliafico, who is suspended against Getafe, can be deployed again on Sunday and that Hakim Ziyech may return from his injury. "That's great, we can now use everyone hard," says Van de Beek. "It will be a super important pot against AZ. We have to be back there soon."
Ajax against AZ starts on Sunday in the ArenA at 8 p.m. and is led by referee Serdar Gözübüyük. The kick-off starts at 2.30 pm in the Philips Stadium at PSV-Feyenoord.
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