Tuesday evening (6.45 pm) Ajax hopes to further increase the pressure on the people of Eindhoven in Limburg with a victory over Fortuna Sittard. In that case, the lead for at least one day becomes four points.
Against SC Cambuur it seemed that the Champions League performance against Sporting had given Ajax a big boost. The joy of playing splashed off at the frontrunner. Lasse Schöne, now a player of NEC, is happy to see it. The 35-year-old Dane knows better than anyone what a top night in the Champions League triggers in Amsterdam. In the 2018/’19 season, Schöne was an important part of Erik ten Hag’s success team, which reached the semi-finals of the million-dollar ball. The ultimate personal highlight of course is his unparalleled free kick in Bernabeu against Real Madrid. “I did enjoy last week against Sporting, yes,” he says. “They have been playing fantastic in Europe in recent years. Also great for Haller to kick four straight in.”
His bond with Ajax is still warm, after 286 duels in the main squad, 64 goals, 52 assists, three national titles, two Johan Cruijff Scales and one cup win. In the first game of the season, which he lost to Ajax 5-0 with NEC, Schöne was even put in the spotlight by director of football affairs Marc Overmars. The Dane continues to follow his old club. “I always enjoy good football. So when I see Ajax play, I get happy.”