Ajax started the home game against FC Groningen knowing that all competitors in the race for the title had won their matches in this round of the competition. To take opponent’s results into account is actually not the focus for the league leaders. In past years, Ajax was often the chasing club. This season, all is different and the defending champion, and comfortable leader in the Eredivisie, hold their faith in their own hands. “Beating Groningen is of crucial importance. If we manage to do that, we will be very comfortable position for the last three games, “ De Boer stressed the importance of the penultimate home match.