De Boer: I hate zonal marking

Ajax manager Frank de Boer has admitted he "hates" the zonal marking system after his side capitalised on some hesitant Manchester City defending to earn a 2-2 Champions League draw at the Etihad on Tuesday night.

Speaking after the game to ITV's Gabriel Clarke, de Boer said he abandoned zonal marking in favour of a man-to-man defence when he took over at Ajax because of the confusion it caused.

"I hate it because it never gives somebody responsibility," de Boer said. "If [as an attacking player] you have speed you'll always jump higher and you're faster to the ball."

"Sometimes it works out, at Ajax we did it also before my time," de Boer added. "I never did it in my time...normally I will give responsibility to defenders - 'ok, you have to mark this guy'."