Youri Mulder on the decline of Ajax: “Torn by Napoli as a predator rips its prey” | Champions League

Ajax received an invisible wash from Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Football analyst Youri Mulder was there for Ziggo Sports and saw how an unleashed Napoli had no compassion for a dying Ajax. “The mini-crisis that was already there has become a crisis,” concludes Mulder.

They had never suffered a 1-6 defeat in Europe in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. “And it was a justified result. The difference could have been even greater, especially thanks to the great match of Napoli, who played Ajax upside down,” says Youri Mulder.

“Napoli were better in all areas: technically, tactically, physically and in terms of grit. And they went on like this for 90 minutes. Even when they were already 1-6, they continued to chase Ajax. Amsterdam had no response. “

However, Ajax’s start is still very promising, after Kudus’ 1-0. “But then they were completely overwhelmed. Ajax had the same battle plan as Rangers, attacking and fighting fully, but this Napoli was just too good for that. The Italians could easily resist.”

Ajax must give up the idea of ​​being an excellent team capable of competing with the European leaders.

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After all, Napoli also hit at the right moments: the 1-3 fell shortly before the interval, the 1-4 immediately after. “But Ajax kept trying the same way they started the game. It wasn’t wise. They should have done it smarter,” says Mulder.

“Ajax have been completely torn apart, completely torn apart, like a predator tearing apart its already dead prey. They should have limited the damage. You can bet this is a blow to Ajax.”

Things did not go well for the Amsterdam team in the competition either. “The mini-crisis that was already there has become a crisis,” Mulder says. “They have to let go of the idea of ​​being an excellent team capable of competing with the European leaders.”