The players of VVV-Venlo are in sack and ashes after the historic defeat against Ajax. The team from Amsterdam won no less than 0-13 in Limburg on Saturday and booked the largest Eredivisie victory ever.
Trainer De Koning: ‘Have failed together’
“This was without a chance, with four exclamation marks”, dejected reserve captain Arjan Swinkels said after the game in De Koel. FOX Sports. “I’ve never experienced anything like it and I don’t really have the words for it.”
At half time it was ‘only’ 0-4 for Ajax, after which VVV had to continue with a man less at the beginning of the second half due to a red card from defender Chris Kum. The troubled goalkeeper Delano van Crooy then took nine more hits.
“You know that you will have a hard time against Ajax, but we have done them a tremendous service by giving them – a few days after a European match – a lot of time and space. It was a disconcerting day, “said Swinkels.
The biggest win ever in the Eredivisie was Ajax’s 12-1 victory over Vitesse in May 1972 for 48 years. It is the seventh time in Eredivisie history that a club wins with a margin of at least ten goals difference.
“This was a total off day”, VVV coach Hans de Koning was clear. “Everything you say about it is too much. At one point it was 0-4 and we got that red card. Then they are so good and you are in a big rondo.”
Despite the mental blow, De Koning does not want to be too hard on his team. “We have failed together and we have to deal with that like a big guy. We are not going to point fingers now.”
It is the second time this season that VVV takes three or more hits, after the team of coach Hans de Koning opened the season with a 3-5 win over FC Emmen. The Limburgers kept AZ on a 2-2 draw last week.
“Someone just said” strength “to me, but no one has died. It’s a match, a historic moment. Head up, chest forward,” said De Koning.
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