Slot fears for Stengs and is disappointed with duel with Utrecht: ‘Then you will be shocked’

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It is very doubtful whether AZ will have Calvin Stengs in the second heat of the Champions League. Trainer Arne Slot expressed his concerns after the 1-0 practice defeat against FC Utrecht.


Stengs was missing in the Galgenwaard with an injury, just like Myron Boadu and Ron Vlaar. That while AZ starts its European season on August 25 or 26. “Calvin is still training indoors, so that will certainly be a race against the clock for him,” Slot says FOX Sports. “That applies to a lesser extent to Myron. Last week I thought Myron would join this week, but he hasn’t done that yet. He’s already training outside with the physio. Just like Ron.”

The trainer was dissatisfied with AZ’s performance against Utrecht. “I have not seen a team that really wanted to win a match. You could apologize. That we played with a mixed team and that the automatisms are not there. Fine, but then I would be too positive about the guys. You have to be willing to go into duels and also want to win. ”

“If I counted the number of duels that we entered into half or not in the first half, then you are very shocked”, Slot continues. “There are one or two that remain upright. One of them is Marco Bizot.” He is fed up with the ‘weak game without ball’ and the ‘incredible amount of ball loss’. “And we were also very poor on the ball. That’s why I look back with a good feeling on the second half.”

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