The former defender accepts the Uruguay will be “enthusiastic” upon his come back to the Amsterdam Arena however is determined his side ought to play with certainty. Forthcoming de Boer has advised his Ajax side to demonstrate no apprehension when they come up against a ritzy Barcelona attack on Wednesday.
The Dutch champions welcome the Spanish titans to the Amsterdam Arena in the Champions League knowing a defeat could see them dispensed with from Group F. Barcelona won the converse conflict 3-1 a fortnight prior and gloat a stellar forward of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who is in line for his first Champions League appearance of the season against his previous club. On the other hand, coach De Boer accepts his team ought to take certainty from a 2-1 triumph over the Catalans at Amsterdam in last season’s of group stages.
“You generally need to show regard [to your opponents] however that doesn’t mean you have to fear them,” he said.
“We indicated a year ago [against Barcelona] that we can play against top teams. I need to see certainty from my team tomorrow.
“The most imperative thing is that we continue playing as a team and somebody is constantly close to [lionel] Messi. They shouldn’t be hesitant to play against Messi, Neymar and Suarez.”
For player Suarez, the game marks a come back to a club where he used more than 3 years, with scoring 111 goals in just 159 games before leaving to Liverpool in January 2011.
De Boer included: “I think it will be enthusiastic for Suarez to return to the Arena to play his first Champions League match [this season] at his previous home. It’s beneficial for him. He’s a contender, who scores effortlessly. It will be a fascinating match.”
Barca have endured consecutive defeats in La Liga and De Boer is careful that Luis Enrique’s side will be urgent to come back to top structure – particularly given the way they were outplayed by Real Madrid in the Clasico.
“They have a considerable measure of experience. They’ve lost more than once twice consecutively. It’s the same for us. On the off chance that we lose twice there will be pressure. That is part of being a huge club like Ajax or Barcelona,” he included.
“They need to get a decent come about. It harms them that Real Madrid was a finer team for 60 minutes. They cherish that in Madrid, I’m certain. At the same time the other path around its the same story. I think Barcelona need to get back in their stream at the earliest opportunity, regardless. They will be extremely inspired.”