Coach Frank de Boer hailed Ajax
Amsterdam's second successive Dutch title as the better of the
two under him after his side clinched their 31st championship
with a 2-0 win over VVV Venlo on Wednesday.
Siem de Jong netted a rebound after eight minutes to put De
Boer's team ahead and the striker added a second 13 minutes into
the second half to start the celebrations.
"For the fans, last season was special because they waited
so long for the third star on the shirt," De Boer, who took over
from Martin Jol in December 2010, told reporters.
"But for me and my staff this one feels more beautiful
seeing what happened this season.
"All the injuries we had and then the turbulence through all
the problems in our board, but we stayed loyal to our vision,"
added the coach who also won five titles with Ajax as a player.
Having been sixth in the league trailing PSV Eindhoven by
eight points after 20 games, Ajax put together a run of 13
straight wins and lifted the championship with a match to spare.
They have 73 points, six more than arch-rivals Feyenoord.
Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman praised De Boer for his
"I know Frank well, and he did a great job and won a
deserved title," he said.
"Nobody gave a dime for the chances of Ajax when we beat
them at the end of January, but Frank stayed calm despite all
the board turbulences."
"He never used it as an excuse and kept everything far away
from his players and that deserves a big compliment," added
Feyenoord remain second, in a Champions League qualification
place, following a 4-1 win over Heracles Almelo, one ahead of
PSV Eindhoven, who were 5-0 winners over ADO Den Haag.
Otman Bakkal scored from a rebound after a Ruben Schaken
effort which hit the post and three goals within 11 minutes from
Jerson Cabral, Sekou Cisse and Schaken sealed Feyenoord's win.
Jeremain Lens opened the scoring for PSV midway through the
first half, while Toivonen added two against Den Haag who had
Kevin Visser sent off in the final minute.
Heerenveen climbed to fourth with 64 points as they fought
back from 2-0 down to beat Twente Enschede 4-3.
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