Ajax-PSV was an advertisement for the Eredivisie; Malen's assist was top notch'.


We had to wait half a year for the first top match in the Eredivisie, but Sunday it finally happened. Ajax took on PSV at home. The entertaining topper ended in a draw (2-2). "This match was an advertisement for the premier league," said Ibrahim Afellay at the table of Studio Voetbal.

"From the first minute PSV clapped on it," analysed the former PSV player. "Ajax had no chance in the first twenty minutes. When you get to a 2-0 lead like that, you're waiting for PSV to go for it, but as the match went on you could already feel it slipping through their hands."

Anyhow, the game was a close one.

"In the beginning of the match PSV were able to keep the lines close together, but at one point they couldn't do that anymore," Afellay said.

"They didn't bring enough depth," added Pierre van Hooijdonk. "Whether that's fatigue, I don't know. But it's not the first time they've had a lapse like that in a match."

Ajax came back strongly in the second half, but Rafael van der Vaart and Afellay were pretty critical of midfielder Davy Klaassen. "Ajax played awkwardly and many wrong choices were made. Klaassen just didn't have the guts to play forward, which disappointed me a bit," said Van der Vaart.

'Assist Malen out of category'

The play of PSV attacker Donyell Malen did catch the eye. "If you see how he puts the ball away in the first goal, that's beyond category," Afellay praised Malen's assist on Eran Zahavi's first goal.

According to Van Hooijdonk, however, Malen should not make the move to a foreign club just yet. "He has not played at PSV for four years yet. He must first ensure that he becomes the best in the Dutch league. If you have achieved that status, you can move on."

Record purchase S├ębastien Haller started on the bench at Ajax. "Because he had a busy week," Erik ten Hag explained. The analysts of Studio Voetbal disagreed. "That's such nonsense," was Pierre van Hooijdonk's opinion.

"As if it's higher math to play in Ajax's striker's box. Come on, Haller comes from the Premier League. He really knows what to do. Haller is not a doubt for me," Van Hooijdonk continued. "He has depth, good finishing and is physically very strong."

Van der Vaart agreed. "Haller you should always let play. He's a super fit guy."

Haller came on immediately after the break and immediately proved his worth for the Amsterdammers. The 26-year-old Frenchman first found the net himself, but his goal was disallowed by VAR due to offside. He then assisted on Antony's equaliser.

Watch Rafael van der Vaart's recollection of Edgar Davids below, as well as Studio Voetbal's regular features: End Signal, Short Corner and Eredivisie Weekend in a Blink.

 

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