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AJAX BEAT NEMINGEN

Ajax has secured its first victory in the new season by defeating NEC Nijmegen by a huge margin of 6-1. The Ajax players were in destructive mood and they just demolished the Nijmegen team. Ajax didn’t manage to win its opening match of the season and the team had to play a draw against AZ Alkmaar. But, the team is back on track with this dominating performance. The Nijmegen defenders kept struggling throughout the match. Tobias Sana scored 2 goals for Ajax.

Jody Lukoki scored the first goal for Ajax in the 13th minute of the match. Lasse Schone set up the goal and Lukoki just had to give the finishing touch which he did perfectly. Christian Eriksen doubled the lead of Ajax in the 17th minute of the match when he beat the Nijmegen goalkeeper, Gabor Babos, with a fantastic shot. Just seven minutes later, Ajax got up by 3-0 when Tobias sana scored his first goal in the match. Theo Jansson gave Nijmegen another blow just a few minutes before the half time break. He put the ball into the goal post with a powerful shot from a distance of 25 yards. Babos dived to stop the ball, but, he failed in doing so. With that goal, Ajax got ahead by 4-0. There were no more goals in the first half.

Ajax made a very good start to the second half as well. De Jong netted in the 53rd minute of the match to make the score 5-0. After the fifth goal, the game was almost decided and there were only formalities left in the game. Bram Nuytinck scored the first goal for Nijmegen in the 63rd minute by capitalizing on a corner kick from Soren Rieks. But, Ajax had the last laugh when Sana scored his second goal in the match in the 81st minute. Sana was named as the player of the match for his brilliant performance.

RIJKAARD IS THE PERFECT CHOICE

The Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has said that the former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard is the perfect man for the Dutch national team manager job. The Netherlands managed to go all the way in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, but lost in the match to Spain. As a result, they were coming into the Euro 2012 with a lot of expectations. Players like Robin van Persie were in the prime and were also in extremely good form. However, they managed to suffered three defeats in the three group matches to exit the competition in the group stages itself.

Following the embarrassing into the tournament, the Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk offered his resignation from the post. The Dutch football Association are currently looking at the various managers to appoint as the replacement. The former Dutch international Johan Cruyff has said that the football Association need not look beyond the former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard, who is probably the perfect man to lead the nation to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Some of the senior members of the squad like Robin van Persie will be passed their prime during this World Cup. However, Johan Cruyff believes that Rijkaard can handle the egos within the team.

“Rijkaard has shown he dares to make radical choices when needed. The Dutch team must start again with a new staff and changes in the squad. Regarding the latter: it should be a mix of current internationals and younger talent. This process requires a lot of work to be performed by someone accustomed to this level, including some painful decisions. You must be looked up to as a coach and respected,” Cruyff said in interview given to the Voetbal International. Frank Rijkaard is the national team manager of Saudi Arabia, and has excellent international experience.

CRUYFF: IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has said that the national team should improve dramatically if they are looking to get a result against Germany. Netherlands suffered a shock defeat in the opening group game against Denmark.

The 1-0 loss meant that they now face a tough task ahead of them in order to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition. They have to realistically beat both Germany and Portugal in the last two group games in order to stand any chance of qualification. Johan Cruyff has said that the national team had a lot of problems in a match against Denmark, according to the Man Utd news.

If they repeat the same against Germany, then they will have no chance of getting a result according to Johan Cruyff. The former Barcelona playmaker has said that Netherlands did not properly use the attacking abilities of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder. Cruyff reckons that the Dutch could have been much more clinical in front of goal had they have Wesley Sneijder on the ball more often than not. However, it was defensive midfielders Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong who had most of the possession in the match. Star striker Robin van Persie also wasted a number of chances to put his team in front.

“They have to improve rapidly. Oranje have to learn from their mistakes against Denmark. The profligacy in front of the goal wasn’t the biggest problem, though it would help if we had someone like Cristiano Ronaldo. What’s worrying is that Oranje struggled when it mattered most. Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong saw too much of the ball. That’s not their biggest quality. Other players should be the ones enjoying possession. The team was divided into two blocks, and that must change immediately,” said Johan Cruyff after the match. Germany won their opening match against Portugal, and are now on the brink of qualification.

PIRLO SHOULD PLAY FOR BARCA

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has said that Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo is so good that he will be able to play for Barcelona. It is widely accepted that Barcelona are currently the best team in the world. One of the reasons they have been extremely brilliant in the last few seasons has been their midfield. Xavi and Iniesta have made it possible for Lionel Messi and Villa to work their magic upfront. Johan Cruyff has been an influential figure in Barcelona ever since retiring from playing. He has said that Andrea Pirlo is so good that he might even play regularly for Barcelona in the midfield.

The 32-year-old Italian midfielder has been one of the key reasons for Juventus winning the title for the first time since 2003. In addition to this, Juventus have also had an undefeated season in the Italian Serie A. It has helped them overcome the powerhouse of Milan with ease. Following their 2-0 win over Cagliari during the weekend, their first title in nine years was finally confirmed. It has also resulted in glowing praise coming in for Andrea Pirlo, who AC Milan thought was finished only in the last summer. As a result, they let the Italian midfielder leave on a free transfer after 10 years at the San Siro.

“Juve play some good football. They are attacking and entertaining. Winning is not the only thing that counts, playing well does too. They’ve come a long way since 2006 [Serie B demotion] and this victory is the right reward for their efforts. Pirlo is a great, the ball does what he wants, and he could also play for Barcelona. Del Piero, like Gigi Buffon, has Juventus in him. He went down to Serie B with them and then returned. It’s hard to explain what he represents for the club,” he said.