De Boer backs Ajax for title

Ajax boss Frank de Boer believes his players can handle the pressure during their title run-in as they prepare to face FC Groningen in the Eredivisie on Sunday.

De Boer's side is now six points clear at the top of the table after second-placed AZ Alkmaar lost to PSV Eindhoven last weekend and he has confidence that, with only four games remaining, Ajax will win the title.

"We only need to keep doing what we have been doing for the last few weeks," he told the club's official website.

"I think that Ajax knows how to deal with pressure. We are the most successful club and also have the biggest budget in Holland."

The former Netherlands international led his boyhood club to the championship last season and has always taken his experience as a player into his management career.

He said: "We must always win, a draw is a loss. I know what it is to have to perform as a player and I'm afraid of nobody. This is perhaps my advantage. I've always played at clubs who always had to win. Whether at Rangers, Galatasaray, Barcelona or Ajax."

Groningen faces a stern test in Amsterdam having lost four out of its last five league matches.

AZ is also in action on Sunday as it faces relegation-threatened VVV-Venlo looking to stay on the coat-tails of the league leader.

In-form Feyenoord could move above AZ as it faces ADO Den Haag earlier in the day.

Ronald Koeman's side has won four out of its last five, only dropping points following a draw at Roda JC.

On-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti has scored 20 goals in 23 league appearances so far this season and Koeman will be boosted by the knowledge the Sweden international is fit following a bout of flu during the week and he is aiming for a strong finish to the season.

"We now just have to win everything, then we are second and we participate in the qualifying round of the Champions League," Guidetti said.

"Of course I believe (we can) - we have it in our own hands."

Den Haag was narrowly beaten by Vitesse last weekend but still remains seven points clear of the bottom three.

Despite its win over AZ, PSV is currently fifth in the table and it also plays on Sunday as it hosts mid-table NEC Nijmegen.

Excelsior and De Graafschap have been cut adrift at the foot of the table but both sides will still be looking to avoid finishing bottom of the table and instead enter the promotion/relegation play-offs with both in action on Saturday.

De Graafschap is currently second-bottom and hosts 11th-placed Heracles Almelo while Champions League-chasing FC Twente will visit bottom side Excelsior, which is a point behind De Graafschap.

Saturday's other fixtures sees Vitesse Arnhem travelling to Heerenveen and RKC Waalwijk playing FC Utrecht, while NAC Breda and Roda JC meet on Friday evening.

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