Former Ajax match analyst Michele Santoni believes his former side are in their best form but reveals how Roma can hurt them in the Europa League quarter-final.
In an interview withRomanews.eu
Santoni, who currently holds the role of the coach in the youth academy of
ADO Den Haag
, explained howAjax
Eric Ten Hag
“Perhaps this is the best Ajax we’ve seen in the Ten Hag era. Everyone remembers the Ajax with De Ligt, De Jong, and van de Beek, the side that eliminated Real Madrid and Juventus from the Champions League.
“They had more talented players then, but have now improved tactically and are more of a team unit. Ten Hag’s football is focused on vertical passes and constant pressing, so if you can escape the press and pull one of the center-backs out of position, you can hurt Ajax, especially attacking their full-backs.
“If we analyze the Ajax games, we can see they struggled if the first press in transition didn’t work.”
Santoni believes Roma have the quality to win Europa League, but he also mentions Giallorossi’s weaknesses.
“In terms of their quality, Roma could without doubt win the Europa League. The problem is that they lack focus, as there always seems to be some controversy or tension. I don’t see much unity between the coach and players at the moment.”