Gressel showed how his dangerous he can be, particularly when playing wide on the right on Wednesday by finishing with seven chances created.
“I think it’s no secret I like to play out on the right as a wing back,” he said. “I’m not shying away from any work you have to do with that. Did a lot of running tonight. Ultimately, you saw today that it gets me in pretty good spots down that right side. I think one of my best qualities is to pick out the right pass. Today, a couple came off. A couple others ones were good, where we didn’t score. But, whatever the coach thinks is the best approach to go into games, that’s where I’ll stand 100% behind him.”
Gressel’s first assist came on Darlington Nagbe’s opener when he played a simple pass to the penalty spot. His second came on a chipped pass across the penalty box for Josef Martinez to head into the goal. Gressel’s goal came on a pass that was deflected to him on the right side of the penalty box for him to blast into the lower left corner.
“Yeah, I think that it was more suitable for him, because he likes to run, make crosses and he has a good (feel) of the moment,” manager Frank de Boer said. “Always his first control, and then he knows where Josef (Martinez) is, and that’s a good combination. I knew that, but sometimes you think, ‘OK, you have to choose between two choices’, and sometimes, it’s more beneficial for the team to put him in the midfield, where I also think he did well. I think his position is on the right side, that’s for sure.”
Gressel said he wasn’t going to celebrate his 100th appearance. Maybe play a round of golf on Thursday.
As for what he hopes to accomplish in his next 100 appearances?
“Hopefully the same exact thing,” Gressel said. “Some more titles. Some more trophies.”
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