In Switzerland, individuals are eagerly wanting ahead to the confrontation between Ajax and Younger Boys within the Europa League. The staff of coach Erik ten Hag is seen as the favourite after all of the European successes of the previous years, however Younger Boys hopes to make optimum use of their very own qualities. Peter Birrer, who follows Younger Boys carefully for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, lists the membership’s most harmful gamers.
Expectations in Switzerland are excessive, however Birrer steps on the brakes. Based on him, Ajax is absolutely the favourite. “Ajax has in fact had an ideal sequence within the Champions League within the latest previous. They did nice in opposition to golf equipment like Juventus and Actual Madrid,” he says in dialog with VoetbalPrimeur.
The Amsterdammers are doing nicely in Switzerland, says Birrer. “I believe that Ajax is a job mannequin for a lot of Swiss golf equipment, at a considerably larger stage. They’ve younger gamers who take their probability within the Eredivisie after which make the step to the European prime. We see that much less in Switzerland, who actually do. huge transfers. Right here gamers don’t depart for Juventus or Barcelona, however for instance to a sub-topper within the Bundesliga. “
Probably the most harmful Younger Boys participant, striker Jean-Pierre Nsame, is a type of gamers who, in keeping with Birrer, can be lower out for the second tier within the Bundesliga. Nsame, who was nonetheless correct in 2019 within the Europa League match in opposition to Feyenoord, is the participant that Ajax ought to take note of. The French-Cameroonian striker has been sporting the Younger Boys shirt from the summer season of 2017 and has scored 91 objectives in 160 official matches. Within the two matches in opposition to Leverkusen he didn’t make any minutes attributable to a suspension, however he’s again in opposition to Ajax.
“He’s the goal-getter of this Younger Boys staff,” mentioned Birrer. “He scored constantly final season and is an important participant. I believe it has to do with COVID-19 that he nonetheless performs in Switzerland. In regular instances he had already made a switch to an even bigger league. a minimum of assume he is prepared for that. “
Earlier than his switch to Switzerland, Nsame had an unlucky time on the French membership SCO Angers. He was unable to beat a beginning place and the striker was rented out to a unique membership each season. Till 2016 the Swiss Servette was on the doorstep. There he made a lot impression in a single season that Younger Boys took him over.
Birrer expects Nsame to take a step larger sooner or later, however says the striker will consider carefully about this. “He’s 27, not a younger participant anymore. Nsame is clever, I’ve spoken to him a number of instances. He’s glad in Switzerland. He doesn’t simply go to a different league, simply to go to a different league. He’s a bodily. sturdy participant, who can be an ideal match for the Bundesliga. England fits him too. “
Lustenberger supplies a bit of expertise on the middle of the again of Younger Boys. The 32-year-old Swiss went by way of the youth academy in Lucerne, earlier than making the change to Hertha BSC. In Berlin he grew to become a figurehead: between 2007 and 2019 he performed 308 official matches for the membership. He’s now beneath contract with Younger Boys, the place he hardly missed any video games between 2019 and 2021.
“Lustenberger is an important participant for this Younger Boys, he’s additionally the captain. He performs an necessary function within the rear, with all his expertise and good teaching,” Birrer emphasizes the significance of Lustenberger at Younger Boys.
At Younger Boys, Lustenberger manages younger defenders akin to Mohamed Camara, Silvan Hefti and Cedric Zesiger. Within the nationwide staff he performs solely a modest function: Lustenberger final got here into motion for Switzerland in 2015, when he was allowed to play for nineteen minutes within the pleasant in opposition to Austria as an alternative. Within the meantime, the central duo in Switzerland is fashioned by Manuel Akanji and Fabian Schär, whereas Becir Omeragic (19) and Eray Cömert (23) are additionally most well-liked over Lustenberger.
David von Ballmoos
The 26-year-old closing publish Von Ballmoos has been enjoying within the Swiss league since his early years and attended the Younger Boys youth academy. He grew to become the primary goalkeeper and performs an necessary function within the plans of coach Gerardo Seoane. The information that Von Ballmoos has to overlook the primary match in opposition to Ajax attributable to an damage is an enormous blow by way of the invoice.
“Von Ballmoos was injured over the last recreation of Younger Boys and won’t journey with the choice to Amsterdam for the primary recreation,” mentioned Birrer. “He’ll in all probability be again for the return, however this week he’s not prepared for it but.”
Younger Boys with out Von Ballmoos, it creates an enormous drawback. Second keeper Guillaume Faivre could also be one of many oldest gamers within the choice on the age of 34, however he has hardly any expertise on the highest stage. Not to mention expertise in Europe: Faivre performed all his matches within the Swiss league.
“He has performed a lot of seasons for FC Thun, a considerably smaller membership in Switzerland,” mentioned Birrer, who shouldn’t be positive whether or not Faivre can deal with the extent. “It stays to be seen, however Von Ballmoos’ damage may turn out to be a significant issue for Younger Boys.”
(Gijs Groeneveld / Soccer Primeur)
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