Ajax is working towards Sunday’s traditionally difficult away match against FC Utrecht with an almost fit selection. The Amsterdammers are still waiting for the results of corona tests.
Ten Hag is not concerned with troubles in Utrecht
Midweek, corona results still caused problems, when André Onana, Davy Klaassen, Ryan Gravenberch and Dusan Tadic, among others, were initially not allowed to travel to Denmark for the Champions League game with FC Midtjylland.
These were tests by UEFA, which work slightly differently than the tests in the Netherlands. “Probably a mistake was made in the laboratory”, said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag at his press conference on Friday.
“We were tested again this morning and will have to wait for the results. The only one not available for Sunday is Mohammed Kudus, who is still injured.”
Ten Hag notices that his players are not yet bothered by the busy schedule. “The team is still fresh. We trained excellently this morning and everyone looks eager.”
At opponent FC Utrecht it is restless due to the forthcoming departure of John van den Brom. The trainer is on his way to KRC Genk and is temporarily replaced by Jong FC Utrecht trainer René Hake. Ten Hag, however, is not that concerned with this.
“It is mainly up to us on Sunday, the attitude with which we go out onto the field,” said Ten Hag. “Of course we do look at where we can hurt the opponent and Van den Brom is a slightly different trainer than Hake in some areas.”
The match between FC Utrecht and Ajax in an empty Stadium Galgenwaard starts on Sunday at 12.15 pm and is led by referee Björn Kuipers.
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