With Urby Emanuelson, Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder watching their boyhood club in the stands, Ajax just couldn’t lose today. And they didn’t. After a 4-1 win against Excelsior in the Amstedam ArenA, Ajax have their 30th league title in their own hands. After a tough game for the ‘Amsterdammers’ and PSV losing in Rotterdam against Feyenoord, Ajax are now second in the table just one point behind leaders FC Twente.

On another gorgeous and sunny day, Ajax struggled in the capital against Excelsior Rotterdam. After a decent start with chances for both teams, Ajax took the lead. Lorenzo Ebecilio saw his shot blocked but  got a second chance and calmly scored his 3rd goal for Ajax. Just a few minutes before that, Kenneth Vermeer reacted like a puma on a header of Bergkamp (far family of the famous Dennis). He proved once again he’s a worthy replacement for the injured Maarten Stekelenburg.It was a special moment for me personally when they showed Rafael van der Vaart on the screens and the supporters started clapping and singing his Ajax chant. Goosebump moment.  Rafa is my (footballing) hero it does me good to see he’s still in the hearts of the other Ajax fans. He’ll forever be one of us.

Anyway, after the lead it was same old same old. Ajax walking backwards and giving Excelsior the time and space to created chances and to come back in the game. It’s nothing new and happens quite often. Actually too often because it should never happen. Especially not against teams who are low on the table like Excelsior. Even a Feyenoord lead against PSV in Rotterdam couldn’t change the spirit. The cheer in the ArenA when Feyenoord scored was enormous though. The rivalry between both clubs didn’t count this afternoon. At least not for Ajax. But I doubt that it will ever happen again. What we feared became reality in the 54th minute. Daan Bovenberg headed it home after a freekick from Koolwijk.

It looked like Ajax somehow needed to concede a goal, because after that they started fighting for their lives. Showing their teeth and showing they really wanted to win (the league). With the supporters fully behind them, they showed they are a talented team. Especially when Demy de Zeeuw came on for Mounir El Hamdaoui. Who had woeful game for  the umpteenth time.  I hope Frank de Boer will put him on the bench for the remaining games and play Siem de Jong in the striker role. Everyone can see Ajax are playing much better then. Mounir El Hamdaoui is a fantastic footballer but not for this Ajax. The style Ajax play doesn’t suit him and after everything that happened, the fans have turned against him. There’s a big chance Mounir and Ajax will say goodbye to each other in the summer.

Unlike El Hamdaoui, Christian Eriksen will stay. He has said that once again this week. The Danish international said he’s nowhere near ready for the step abroad. A few more years in Amsterdam are needed for his development. Since the day Frank de Boer arrived as head coach, he trusted in Eriksen as his no. 10. Today, he paid back that trust with scoring the 2-1. After a cross from Gregory van der Wiel, who played his 150th match defending Ajax’s colors today, Eriksen put it behind Excelsior’s goalkeeper Pellatz. It was more luck than his own class but it was in. Every single person in the stands made a sigh of relief before joining the party of celebrating the goal.

After the 2-1, Ajax felt the game was in the bag and went looking for another goal. That came just six minutes after Ajax took the lead. A perfect counter finished by Lorenzo Ebecilio who scored his second of the day. Credits to the youngster for scoring, but the highlight in this goal was Miralem Sulejmani assisting by a little lob. Beautiful. Just before the full time whistle Siem de Jong made it four. A bicycle kick goal was the cherry on the cake. Or was it the firework for Urby Emanuelson during his sending off and the supporters chanting ‘Urby, Urby, Urby we’ll be champions’? You can choose.

A cherry on the cake, not because Ajax played so well because they didn’t but because it was a perfect end to a perfect afternoon. Ajax got the three points, which is all that matters in this exciting and nervwrecking title race. PSV lost against Ajax’s arch-rivals Feyenoord which means Ajax are now second in the table and have winning the league titles in their own hands. For the first time in six years, Ajax have winning or losing it, everything or nothing in their own hands. It does sound good.

All Ajax need is two wins. 6 points that will mean everything. But it´s still far away with tough fixtures. Heereveen away next week and Twente at home on the 15th of May. I’m more afraid for Heereveen next week than Twente at home but I truly believe this team can do it. The season can end even more beautiful if they win the double. The final of the Dutch Cup is on the 8th of May.

As I turn 20 on May 6, I hope Ajax will give me two fantastic (a bit belated) birthday presents. One on the 8th and one on the 15th. If it happens, I can guarantee you tears of joy will be running down my cheeks. Even if we don’t win the cup, the tears will be there. The 3rd star is enough. It will mean more to me than every league title I’ve experienced with Ajax before.

That’s all dreaming and speculating yet. Chin up, chest out and off to Heerenveen. We can do it. We are Ajax.

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