Keizer disappointed with Ajax’s UCL exit

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Ajax Amsterdam coach Marcel Keizer has expressed his disappointment with his club's UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Nice in the early qualifying stages.

The Dutch side, who last season lost in the Europa League final to Manchester United, bowed out on away goals in the third qualifying round after a 3-3 aggregate draw with the French outfit.

As such, Keizer, who took over from Peter Bosz who has since been put in charge of Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund, believes that looking past the demoralising loss is important.

He told Ajax's official website, "Our goal was to reach the Champions League, which is good for the club and for the players.

"We have many good talents who would have loved to play in the Champions League. We need to move on and look ahead to our first competition game."

Ajax face Heracles in their opening Eredivisie encounter on 12 August at the Polman Stadium in Almelo. Last season the Dutch champions finished second to champions Feyenoord.