STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Europa League final proved to be a game too far for Ajax.
Talked up as potentially the best team produced by the once-great Dutch club in more than a decade, Ajax’s youthful class of 2017 came up well short in a 2-0 loss to Manchester United in Stockholm on Wednesday.
“Not good enough,” was Ajax coach Peter Bosz’s damning assessment.
Bosz put that down to a number of factors: The enormity of the occasion, the team’s inexperience, United’s cautious approach and physicality, and a dose of misfortune.
“I haven’t seen the Ajax that I am used to,” the coach said.
With an accent on entertainment and attacking play, Ajax has restored its identity this season, developing under Bosz into a team built in the image of his most famous player — Johan Cruyff.
Through what is now widely referred to as the “Cruyff Revolution” in 2011, the…