thumbnail Hello, spoke with Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld about his breakthrough at Ajax and his side's chances of beating Marseille...

You made your first starting XI appearance last week and now you're once again part of the starting XI for the crucial match against Olympique de Marseille. How does that feel?

I'm extremely happy with the way things are going at the moment. Making your official debut in a beautiful stadium like Marseille's is great, especially since it was an important UEFA Cup match.

Can we compare you with defenders like Oleguer, Thomas Vermaelen or Rob Wielaert?

To be honest, no. We all have our own style. I'm a good marker and I have a nice long pass.

You're the third Belgian player at Ajax, are the three of you close?

Well, it's always nice to have compatriots around you, but we don't really have small groups within the team. We're really close as a team. We struggled against Marseille but everybody worked hard for the team. That's impossible if you're not a real team.

What is Marco van Basten's role in the team building progress?

Everybody is in full support of the coach. He makes the decision and we can only accept that. It's not like we're close as a team because of his decision making.

What do you think about the match against Marseille?

It can still go either way. We were also able to eliminate Fiorentina, so it's not impossible to beat Marseille. We have a very good chance to progress to the next round. I don't care when we score, as long as we win the match.

Interview: Wout Stravers,
Translation: Stefan Coerts,


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