AZ coach Arne Slot still has to do it on Thursday evening in the Europa League group match with HNK Rijeka without the players in his selection who previously tested positive for the corona virus.
De Wit: ‘Bringing a good feeling of Napoli away’
“We do not expect anyone back,” said the coach of the Alkmaarders on Wednesday at his press conference in the run-up to the game in Croatia. “There are a number of boys who are already in individual training. However, they need a negative test before they join and we don’t have one yet.”
Some players are still waiting for the result of their last test. If it is negative, they may still be able to play against Rijeka, although Slot does not take that seriously into account.
“Perhaps we will be positively surprised by the results of some tests, but we expect that we will have to do it with the same group as last Sunday in The Hague.”
In that game against ADO Den Haag, AZ lost a lead in an Eredivisie game for the fourth time this season. Slot does not want to speak of a complex yet, however, because the coach thinks his team plays well and often sees hits taking away due to bad luck.
“It is not usual for all chances to go in. That is why it is frustrating to see that on the other side, in the back of us, that sometimes seems to be the case. Except for the counter goals, we are actually not giving away any chances.”
Dani de Wit is disappointed after AZ again gives away a lead against ADO Den Haag. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Dani de Wit is also not in panic after the many times that his team gave away a lead. The midfielder thinks that the Alkmaarders have had a lot of bad luck in the matches in which it dropped points.
“It is not that we suddenly can no longer play football. It goes wrong now a few times through individual errors and also a few bad luck. That is very sour, but we keep hoping that we can achieve a good result in the next match. “, said De Wit, who is the club’s top scorer in the league with three goals.
“If you lead with one goal in the last ten minutes, you think for a moment: ‘It won’t be, right?’ But before that, you should finish it, when you see what opportunities we create. three of them, the game is over. Then we forget to play football and we run into a number of half chances, and they’ve all been falling in the last few weeks. “
Since the start of the season, the game against Napoli was the only game that AZ managed to win so far this season. In Naples, the Alkmaarders triumphed with 0-1, thanks to a goal from occasional striker De Wit.