Frank de Boer said he was content after watching his Ajax side run out 3-0 winners over Roda in their first game of the new season.
Ricardo van Rhijn and Siem de Jong put the hosts 2-0 up at half-time, thanks to two fine assists from Christian Eriksen, while Viktor Fischer added a third late on, as last year’s champions got their title defence off to a winning start.
“We have two points more than last year,” De Boer told Fox Sports, referring to their 2-2 draw with AZ Alkmaar on the first day of last season.
“In the first half I was most pleased.
“But we also had a stage where we were inferior. You always have that in a game, but we need to recognise it and play simpler than before.”
Roda were awarded a penalty in the second half but Wiljan Pluim failed to convert from the spot as Ajax were handed a break in a game they had dominated for the entirety of the first half and De Boer admitted he was concerned at how his side would respond.
He added: “You heard my voice, I coached a lot. I tried to hold the players focus.”