Ajax coach recognizes growth and adaptation of Edson Álvarez

From the Editorial Office

La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, p. a10

Erik ten Hag, coach of Ajax, of the Dutch League, recognized the perseverance and football growth that Mexican defender Edson Álvarez has had this season, after a year of adaptation in which he received very few opportunities and practically was relegated to the bench.

The América youth squad has won the title in the recent five games of his team, of which, in four he has played the 90 minutes, three in the Eredivisie and one more in the Cup. In all of them, Ajax has achieved the triumph .

Edson is in a good position, wins his games and has a lot of interceptions. And it never gives up. Also at the beginning of the season I said that I am always satisfied with him, noted the Dutch helmsman in an interview with De Telegraaf.

Likewise, he considered that the company of his family has been key in the improvement of the also selected Mexican.

Sometimes you need an element that can contribute a lot in possession: play between the lines, forward and appear in front of the goal. Edson has also made progress on this. The fact that his family is with him now also makes him feel better about himself, he added.

The next test for Ajax and Edson Álvarez is the first leg against Lille Olympique Sporting Club, from the French League, in the round of 32 of the Europa League, this Thursday, February 18. While the return duel will take place on the 25th of the same month.

In the Dutch league, the Amsterdam team’s next rival is Sparta Rotterdam, which they will face on Sunday.

Ajax is currently the leader of the Eredivisie, scoring 53 points. His closest pursuers are PSV Eindhoven, where also Mexican Érick Gutiérrez plays, with 47 units, and AZ Alkmaar, with 43.