Match day 4 of the champions league will be remembered for not being the referees night of glory. Some questionable decisions in some of the matches notably this one, Leipzig-PSG and Liverpool-Atletico. But let’s not take away the fact that this Ajax side is proving to be better than the one that reached the semis in 2019. Attacking play has always been the hallmark of the Amsterdam side with a 4-3-3 formation. However Erik Ten Haag has tweaked it to a 4-2-3-1 formation which looks cautious on first glance but the “defensive” midfielder Alvarez likes to initiate attacks just as well as playmaker Anthony. A player who has surprised me the most is former Hammer Sebastien Haller. At West Ham he was the floppiest of flops but in hindsight the club didn’t know how to use him or his best position. He was mainly deployed as a secondary (withdrawn) striker instead of at the apex like Ajax are doing to great effect.
Dortmund looks like will miss Erling Haaland’s goals, he is out for a while with a hip injury. Dortmund however are really difficult to play against at home with THE WALL of theirs and passionate crowd. Ref Michael Oliver was played the fool for the red card with Anthony clearly making the most of the contact from Hummels. If anything it is the Brazilian who stepped on the Germany defender’s leg. Ajax are playing so well they didn’t need the ref help hey. He was also played by Jude Bellingham(in fact he and VAR were), the contact the barest of minimum. As expected Ajax totally bossed the possession so it was a matter of time until they equalized and took the lead. If Haller didn’t score then a penalty(this one looked more like it) would have been appropriate as Bellingham was holding on to his shirt. Th ethird Ajax goal was something out of Ajax of the 70s , Barca of the 90s and late 2000s. The passing mesmerizing and crisp. Ajax now through to the last 16 of the UCL with a 100 percent record(4/4) joining Liverpool.