Reaction to the Europa League draw

The Royal Blues will be travelling to Amsterdam to meet Ajax for the Europa League quarter finals. In the wake of the draw, a few of the players gave their views on the match and what we can expect. The consensus: it will not be easy but it can be done!

Benedikt Höwedes:

It is a great draw and I am really looking forward to both games. Ajax are a team who play very good football and it is a short way to travel for us. That is ideal for the fans - I am sure that many of them will make the trip to Amsterdam and give us an atmosphere to make it feel like we are playing at home. 

Ralf Fährmann:

Ajax play highly technical football and are very experienced in European competitions. I am really looking forward to the two games and I am glad that we are playing the return leg at the VELTINS-Arena. That can act as a slight advantage for us. That said I have no doubt that our fans will bring a great atmosphere to Amsterdam. Of course, our aim is to qualify for the next round. We want to be in the semi final. 

Sead Kolasinac:

I see Ajax as a decent opponent for us. There were a few dangerous opponents we avoided, but that of course does not mean that we can take Ajax lightly at all. Anyone who has made it this far deserves their place. 

Alessandro Schöpf:

I expect two interesting games against a very good team. They have a long of young and talented players in their side and above all, a lot of quality going forward. It will be no easy task for us. They have played well so far in the competition and we will need to be very strong to get past them and into the semi finals. Both sets of fans are sure to create a great atmosphere.

Thilo Kehrer:

They are a strong opposition, but we have nothing to fear. In Mönchengladbach we showed what we are capable of doing. Our aim is to make it to the semi finals and live out the dream we have. Over the two games against Ajax, anything is possible.

Daniel Caligiuri:

If we play as we did in the second half in Mönchengladbach, we can get the better of Ajax. We want to get a good result in the first leg away in Amsterdam, and then finish the job in front of our fans at the VELTINS-Arena.

Guido Burgstaller:

We will have to give it our all. Ajax are a huge club, not just in the Netherlands, but across Europe. They have been a figure in European competitions for many years. I am convinced that we can get through the two games and into the next round.