Season 3 Part 3 2017-2018 End Of Season
We have won the league by a country mile, 26 points to be exact our biggest points total during my 3 years to date at Ajax. We have now won the Eredivisie 3 times in a row. After an unbeaten first half of the season we lost just 2 games in the second half of the season against FC Twente and PEC Zwolle. We won all the other 14 games and broke the season record points total.
Results (January-May 2018)
Our Quarter Final curse struck again after winning our First Knockout Round tie against FC Kobenhavn 5-0 on aggregate we then drew Manchester Utd in the last 8, The first leg was at the Amsterdam Arena were both sides gave it their all but it was both clubs defenders who came out on top with the game finishing 0-0. I thought although we did not manage to score I fancied our chances in the return at Old Trafford however we failed to convert a number of chances and went down by a single goal. Whilst the board were happy with our performance in Europe I was left thinking what might have been. I had focused a lot on us in Europe this season and felt it was our time to press on and reach the Final this season. We will regroup again next season and give it our best shot. I just wonder if some of our top players may feel a move away this summer may be their best chance of European honours. I will do my up most best to retain the squad during the summer months.
A third Dutch Cup for us and a record 18 games unbeaten in the competition spanning 3 years. We coasted through the competition for the third year running.
Again a fantastic effort from the boys Milik as ever scoring for fun this time supplemented by good goal contributions from Lozano,Klaassen,Lincoln and El Ghazi. Take a look at our season stats below.
Three Years In Amsterdam
I have now spent 3 fantastic seasons here at Ajax in that time we have picked up 8 domestic trophies, Eredivisie 2016,2017,2018 Dutch Cup 2016,2017,2018 Dutch Super Cup 2017,2018. Over the 3 seasons I have a net transfer spend of -£6m but have managed to bring some top quality players in to the club who have complemented the players who in large are the nucleus of players that were at the club from day 1. Season 4 is on the horizon and I would like nothing better than to get my hands on a trophy in Europe, last season I threw everything in to the Champions League and felt we had the squad to deliver however a 2 legged blank from us against Manchester Utd who I think we were the better side at the Quarter Final stage left me wondering what might have been had we got that vital away goal in Manchester. So what will the new season bring us? well I do know the summer will see me trying to hold on to players again, this as become a theme of each transfer wuindow. Kristopher Ajer will join up with the squad after the summer break after we loaned him back to Celtic last season. We lost Van de Beek to PSG in the winter break which I was not best pleased about because this kid looked the real deal and already broken in to our first team squad, but thats football and whilst we are a big club in the Netherlands we are at the mercy of the big money vultures looking to take away our players. Of the 23 man squad above 16 of these players have were at the club when I took over and have formed the backbone of our success over the last 3 years. Last season saw Hirving Lozano and Lincoln boost our squad with both having a superb season making us a formidable opponent home and abroad.
I have one season left on my contract and hope the board will offer me a further deal to continue managing this fantastic club. I will sit down with the board over the next few days to discuss our expectations for the coming season which I am at this moment confident about. We have a young and talented squad of players here who I enjoy managing.
Thanks for reading my latest offering of The Cruyff Philosophy and hope you come back soon to read my opening season 4 post.