Erik ten Hag does not rule out that he can still welcome one or more players for the Champions League match against FC Midtjylland. Due to corona problems, the Ajax coach has a thinned selection in Denmark, where the problem is that different rules apply than in the Netherlands.
‘Midtjylland is a very annoying team’
On Monday it was announced that Ajax has traveled without André Onana, Ryan Gravenberch, Davy Klaassen and Dusan Tadic. Ten Hag did not want to go into details in his press talk, but did say that the case has to do with the regulations in Denmark.
“There are a number of players who are allowed to play in the Netherlands, but not in Denmark. That is a bit strange. The decision not to take them along was only taken this afternoon, in consultation with UEFA, the KNVB and the authorities”, was what Ten Hag wanted to say about it.
“I can only say that they have no symptoms or complaints. Whether they can still play is in the hands of the doctors and authorities. I am hopeful, but I am not sure.”
According to The Telegraph Eleven Ajax players have been infected – including Ajax players – and they have now been tested for the second time in the hope that the result will still be negative.
Despite the lack of a few decisive players and the fact that with Kjell Scherpen he has only one goalkeeper in his selection, he has faith in the away match against Midtjylland, although he is on his guard.
“Midtjylland is a very stiff and motivated team; a very annoying team to play against. We are asked to be imperturbable”, he told the journalists present in Denmark.
“It may be that one or two players will play in a different position than normal. But we have always taken this into account, because that’s why I often rotated. We have to perform here.”
Ajax has to beat FC Midtjylland to keep an eye on wintering in the Champions League. The third group match starts on Tuesday at 9 p.m.
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