Posted on April 12, 2017
Next up for Thilo Kehrer and his teammates is the Europa League quarterfinal first-leg against Ajax on Thursday. He’s been speaking to us about the upcoming game in the Amsterdam Arena and previous unpleasant experiences with the Dutch.
We’re in the quarterfinal and know that with two good games against Ajax we can book our place in the next round. We’re going to give everything to reach the last four.
We know that we can beat anyone and we go to Amsterdam with a lot of confidence. I think that a good team performance will be the key to success. The team playing well together is a big factor in us getting a good result.
Every player needs to be prepared to help his teammates. Mistakes can happen in football. What’s important is to compensate for these mistakes by playing as a team. There’s a good feeling on the pitch when you know that everyone is working hard for their mate.
We’re aware of that. We’re coming up against a good attacking opponent and we will need to be well organised and up for the duels. I think that Ajax will say the same thing about us, though. We mustn’t shy away.
And we lost both games against them. I remember Kasper Dolberg scoring two goals against us in the return leg in Amsterdam. He was already an athletic striker with good technique. He headed the ball well and was dynamic. We need to be wary of him. But we don’t need to be scared; we know what we’re capable of.
Ajax always has a strong team with technically good players. We need to be well organised and press the ball hard. They don’t like that. But we’re talking about an U19 game so we can only draw a few comparisons. This encounter will be on a totally different level.