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De Boer's delight with 'dominant' Ajax

Frank de Boer said AFC Ajax were "dominant and commanding" as they beat GNK Dinamo Zagreb to go second in Group D and set up a potentially decisive meeting with Olympique Lyonnais.

De Boer's delight with 'dominant' Ajax
De Boer's delight with 'dominant' Ajax ©UEFA.com

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach
We managed to put the pressure on them from the start and within recovered the ball within seconds every time. The match in Lyon is now very interesting but that's what you do it all for. This was just a prelude, the most important match is still to come. The way we played is how I like to see my team play. We were dominant and commanding and scored four goals. Besides that, we hardly gave away a chance.

This victory means we will still be in Europe after the winter break, because now we are guaranteed a place in the Europa League. If we draw against Lyon our chances of reaching the next stage of the Champions League are huge. That would be a fantastic achievement for Ajax.

Krunoslav Jurčić, Dinamo coach
We didn't expect to lose heavily like this. I have to give Ajax great credit for their performance. However, I am also very proud of my players who gave everything. The difference between the two clubs is probably not accurately reflected in a 4-0 scoreline, but then again, the result was definitely fair. We need some time to improve, but this is the Champions League and playing at this level can only help us learn.

Ajax play without a classic centre-forward, almost like a 4-6-0. Real Madrid are the same. This means players are constantly changing where they are playing on the pitch. To deal with this we need to be strong one-on-one, but it also means that individual mistakes will be punished. At the moment, the teams playing this style are causing us a lot of problems.

A positive for me is that our captain Milan Badelj played well. His form is improving and that's very important for us. Our next match is in Madrid. We played well against them in Zagreb. It was our first match, our stadium was full and we were keen to show what we could do. There's no reason why we can't go to Madrid and give another good performance. We will have to play at our very best though.

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