VVV-Venlo‘s gamers and training employees haven’t re-watched Saturday’s document 13-0 defeat to Ajax. “It is not value analysing all of the objectives,” supervisor Hans de Koning instructed ESPN. “We all know what occurred.” And so does the world.
On Monday morning, 48 hours after their humiliation at their house stadium, they met at their coaching floor and tried to modify focus to Tuesday’s KNVB Cup match towards Den Bosch.
“We’ve had good video games earlier than towards Ajax and that’s what we have to give attention to, the place we have to get confidence from,” De Koning mentioned. “We have to dig a gap, throw this match in it, pour concrete over it after which most likely in 10 years it’s going to come up once more.”
Eredivisie facet VVV-Venlo have been navigating their begin to the season as they ready for the go to of Dutch giants Ajax to the Covebo Stadion. Though they started their marketing campaign with a 5-3 win at FC Emmen and had drawn 2-2 at AZ Alkmaar within the recreation earlier than dealing with Ajax, their aim distinction within the league desk was zero and so they had 5 factors from a potential 15. Ajax headed two hours south from Amsterdam to the small Sixteenth-century Dutch-German border metropolis nonetheless smarting from their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Liverpool in midweek.
VVV-Venlo felt the complete power of an Ajax backlash. By half-time on Saturday afternoon, Ajax have been 4-0 up and coasting. They have been in a ruthless temper. Within the second half, VVV-Venlo’s Christian Kum was despatched off and the house facet capitulated as Ajax scored an additional 9 objectives — all from contained in the penalty field, both buried into the nook of the online or powerfully completed at shut vary. Goalkeeper Delano van Crooij watched helplessly because the ball flew previous him 13 occasions.
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It was at about 8-0 when the memes and gifs began to movement on social media. What number of objectives would Ajax rating? VVV-Venlo’s Twitter account reacted in good humour, however you can sense they have been laughing by way of tears. The Ajax devoted needed 14 — the quantity perpetually linked with legend Johan Cruyff. In the long run they managed 13 objectives from 45 photographs. Lassina Traore scored 5, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar grabbed two every and Dusan Tadic, Antony, Daley Blind and Lisandro Martinez additionally scoring.
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VVV-Venlo goalkeeper Van Crooij mentioned he was keen to maneuver the narrative on previous what they hope is an anomaly: “We discuss it now and from then on we transfer on to the subsequent recreation. It’s unbelievable what occurred and naturally we have to discuss this. However it’s so a lot now. It’s s—, it’s what it’s.
“You do not actually stay lately. We are going to always remember this match, however we have to neglect it. We have to wash this away as quick as potential. It’s s— to be world information like this. However we’re huge boys, we won’t cry. And feeling pity is ineffective.”
Captain Danny Submit acquired messages starting from help to schadenfreude. “That is such a giant blow,” he instructed ESPN. “Everybody must take his personal duty. Each one in every of us has had s— coming them, from buddies, household … the entire world noticed this. That is no enjoyable. I’m the captain and this actually hurts. However we have to transfer on and we won’t maintain mourning this loss.
“We have learn all of the feedback. We have made the mattress and now we should lie in it. It’s a scandal and it hurts. However what I mentioned to the gamers is, we should attempt to get out stronger. Everyone knows this may follow us for the subsequent 10, 20 years.”
They’ve tried their finest to disregard the postmatch fallout. Van Crooij was consoled by Andre Onana at full-time, however cannot keep in mind what was mentioned. “I do not know, I used to be in a bubble,” Van Crooij mentioned. “I did not actually stay the second.” Later there have been studies Onana was eager to take the penalty they have been awarded when the rating was already 9-0. “If that’s the case then it’s not very collegial,” Van Crooij mentioned of Onana. “However you want to ask him what he needed. I actually do not know. For me it’s not a problem.” Onana later denied he had needed to take the penalty. In the long run it was Huntelaar who struck the spot kick previous Van Crooij.
Van Crooij was the centre of consideration at coaching on Monday. However he was stoic. He is aware of his identify will perpetually be linked with the 13 objectives he conceded, however he’s attempting to faucet into that age-old footballing mentality of compartmentalising every recreation. This will likely be one thing that really hits house, and hurts, when the distractions are gone. “I do not actually have the time to select myself up. I believe the actual blow will coming within the winter break once I sit again and chill out. No, we do not have time to mourn and we have to go on.”
Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens talk about Ajax’s 13-0 thrashing of VVV-Venlo.
Fortunately for VVV-Venlo, the fixtures are coming thick and quick. On Tuesday night they host Den Bosch on the identical floor the place they shipped 13 objectives simply three days earlier than. They’re conscious the second-division facet will likely be trying to heap distress on their wounded hosts. “Den Bosch will suppose they will get one thing from us,” Van Crooij mentioned. “However we should be sure that they are going to get nothing. Head up, chest out and do our factor.
“Our speak on Monday was not particular or one thing. We’ve simply mentioned we have to proceed. We laughed as nicely throughout coaching, if we have been nonetheless crying all day we’d as nicely not exit on the pitch tomorrow.”
It was admirable of VVV-Venlo to entrance up. They might have circled the wagons and solely spoken after the Den Bosch recreation. However that is not their manner. They’re wounded, however they’re able to bounce again.
“For me the glass is all the time half-full,” De Koning mentioned. “Yeah, now we have had a very unhealthy Sunday. That’s regular. And now we to maneuver on. It’s within the historical past books for the subsequent 40 years most likely, however it’s what it’s. It goes so far as right here and no additional.
“We have to be pleased and proud that now we have a great life as soccer gamers, and we should cherish that. And on the finish we have to get revenge towards Den Bosch — for ourselves, the individuals within the membership and the followers.”