‘Disappointed with the first half’

Although the final result would suggest otherwise, Frank de Boer was more positive about Ajax’s performance last year in Camp Nou than this year’s. The 4-0 score back then wasn’t a good reflection of Ajax’s strong play for one half. On Tuesday evening, it was the other way around after a 3-1 defeat. “After the break I saw players going for it, but that’s what you want to see happening from the first second.”