Peter Bosz says his side still have a lot to do to reach the Europa League final despite a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Olympique Lyonnais in their first leg tie on Wednesday night.
AFC Ajax ran their opponents ragged at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday night with goals from Bertrand Traore (25, 71), Kasper Dolberg (34) and Amin Younes (49), where only Mathieu Valbuena (66) was on target for the visitors.
And while Bosz was delighted with the win, he knows they are still a long way from the May 24 final.
After the game, he told the club's website: "We are in a great position, but the first twenty minutes – in which we played poorly – have taught us that we’re definitely not there yet. We’ll need to give another top performance in Lyon in order to reach the finals."
He added: "It was an odd game. I thought that we were pretty bad in the first 15 to 20 minutes. Lyon put us under pressure and we weren’t able to play. It looked like we were tense.
"But in contrast to what we’ve been doing all season, we converted our first two opportunities. We were suddenly up 2-0. In combination with the fantastic crowd, something beautiful happened.”
Bosz, however, has warned against complacency ahead of the return leg at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on May 11.
He continued: "Against Schalke, we saw that we couldn’t just rest on a 2-0 lead. And Schalke isn’t as high in my estimation as Lyon, which I think are a fantastic team.
"No, the match isn’t over. We know that we need to be in top form in France again. But we’ve shown that we have a very good team."