Ajax boss Peter Bosz says he is not being drawn in by Jose Mourinho’s moaning about the number of fixtures Manchester United have had to fulfil.
United will face the Eredivisie runners-up in the Europa League final om Stockholm next Wednesday night and while United will have played two games by then, Ajax will have been resting.
United have to play Southampton tonight and Crystal Palace on Sunday before they face Bosz’s young charges and it’s a fact Mourinho has been very vocal about, claiming the Premier League games are “unwanted fixtures” after the weekend’s defeat at Tottenham
United will in fact have played eight games more than Ajax after next week’s showpiece, but Bosz says Mourinho has no right to complain due to the size of his squad.
“If I only look at his line-ups and team formations all season, then he is playing with almost two different teams – one team for the Europa League and one for the Premier League,” Bosz told the club’s website.
“If those boys, which he is using for his European games, are not playing at the weekend in the Premier League, they have as much rest and exactly the same preparation time as my players – and look at the amount of players he has available to rotate.”
Meanwhile, Bosz says the club’s return to a European final – their first for 21 years – is “a victory for football” and says his youngsters will not be afraid.
“If I say that this is going to be a normal game now, people will laugh because it really isn’t a normal game at all anymore,” added Bosz.
“But my Ajax boys, no matter how young they are, won’t be afraid.
“They have played massive games this season. Come and see a game against Feyenoord. Look what we did against Schalke in the Euro quarter-final (scoring twice with 10 men in the second leg to win 4-3 on aggregate).
“All that experience we take with us to Stockholm.”