Blind: “Love Ajax, always give everything, I’m a great Ajax player, so it hurts me”

Daley Blind finds the current situation at Ajax painfulsays the experienced Ajax player in conversation with the General Journal. At the Amsterdam club, Blind has recently been put on the bench by trainer Alfred Schreuder. Now the Ajax defender is present at the Orange, where he plays under Louis van Gaal.

In the past period a lot has been said and written about Ajax and Blind. He says it’s not always easy. After FC Emmen – Ajax, Rafael van der Vaart, for example, said that he thought that ‘some people almost deliberately sabotaged it in the second half’, after which he mentioned Blind’s name. ‘I know – and at Ajax we all know – that things have to be better. I love the club, always give everything, I’m a great Ajax player, so it hurts me.’

‘I find it extremely annoying and I’m fed up with the situation we’re in’, the experienced Ajax player continues his story. “But now I want to give it a place and let it rest and focus fully on the Dutch national team. I’m going to play my second World Cup. I’m really looking forward to that.’ He will experience that second World Cup with Van Gaal as a trainer. Blind calls him someone who ‘appreciates how I see and read the game’. ‘The gogme, the insight, that’s what he’s in favor of. In 2014 I first started the World Cup in midfield. Then I moved to left wingback. Daryl Janmaat thundered over it on the right, I was often the wingback who chose good position. There was a good balance and that has been the case in the last matches with Denzel Dumfries.’

“Everything under Van Gaal is so clear, and so focused on the team and the team spirit.”

The Dutch national team has proven since the summer of last year that it is a difficult team to beat. In fact, we haven’t lost a game. Everything under Van Gaal is so clear, and so focused on the team and team spirit. This coach knows very well what he expects from his team. And every individual player knows it too.’ In Qatar, the Orange wants to be a team that no one likes to play against, says Blind. ‘Not even countries like Brazil and Argentina. And yes, what the national coach says: he wants to become world champion and that belief also spreads to the group. If you don’t believe in it, you don’t even have to go.’

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