"Returning to Thessaloniki is probably not the best thing for AFC Ajax right now. PAOK's stadium is small but very 'hot', with many firecrackers and fanatic supporters. I believe that AFC Ajax would manage to qualify in the end because of their quality, but I have no doubt that the away game at Toumba Stadium will be difficult and decisive for that.
I don't know many things about PAOK's current situation, captain Stefanos Athanasiadis is an excellent striker with scoring ability and defensive midfielder Ergys Kace was a great talent. They used to be an attacking side, with aggressive midfielders. During my spell, we came close to eliminate FC Schalke 04 and advance to Champions League's group stage.
Referee Björn Kuipers refused to award us a penalty and sent me off at the rematch, we did not play well at that clash and missed our chance. Still, we were in solid level, perform in Europa League's group stage, with two draws against AZ Alkmaar", said the 63-year-old Dutch, who worked in Super League for the biggest part of 2013-14 season, at "Voetball International".