Ajax is the fashionable team of this Europa League edition. Thanks to its very young formation and philosophy of offensive play, as well as the great enthusiasm of the manager, this Ajax finally seems to be reminiscent of the great team that was part of the European elite twenty years ago.
The team led by Peter Bosz does not expect to have control of the match, despite wanting possession, but rather it drowns the adversary with its offence, always scoring one more than their rival.
And this is generated, first of all, by giving the team a wide range of offensive options. In this area, the midfield where Bosz has set up his 4-3-3 formation plays a fundamental role: in front of the defence, Schöne takes care of distributing possession, giving the team time, Klaasen floats all over the field to provide balance to the game play and Ziyech who, from his position as finisher in the attacking midfield, Bosz moved back to play inside forward, has the key job of bringing the team’s offensive manoeuvre together.
This is illustrated in this play that I chose from the match against Lyon.