Van der Beek doubts Ajax could have done any more


Donny van de Beek admitted he was uncertain whether Ajax could have done more to force the result in Tuesday's 4-4 draw at Chelsea.

The Dutch champions were looking to get their own back at Stamford Bridge after last month’s 1-0 defeat in Amsterdam and set the tone from the off, playing the exciting brand of football that carried them to last season’s Champions League semi-finals.

Van der Beek put his side 4-1 up on 55 minutes after his team had gone in 3-1 to the good following own goals from Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga, as well as a Quincy Promes effort.

However, chaos ensued as after Cesar Azpilicueta had made it 4-2, both Joel Veltman and Daley Blind handed their marching orders within a minute of each other.

The nine men battled on, creating chances of their own, but Chelsea’s advantage counted as Jorginho scored for the second time in the evening from the penalty spot before Reece James grabbed an equaliser with 16 minutes to go.

Neither could force a decisive goal and the pair had to settle for a draw, much to the frustration of the Ajax players who felt referee Gianluca Rocchi was unnecessarily harsh on them.

In hindsight, Van de Beek was satisfied with the way his side played, admitting a point was not such an adverse outcome.

“There were so many crucial moments in the second half that I didn’t know if it was alright,” he told Fox Sports.

“In the end we fought hard to get another point. In the end, given the situation with nine men, we got the maximum out of it.”