Erik ten Hag tried to take the strain off his crew on Tuesday for the essential Champions League recreation with Atalanta. 4 days after the painful defeat towards FC Twente within the Eredivisie, Ajax has to beat the Italians within the Johan Cruijff ArenA to hibernate within the ball of tens of millions.
‘Duel with FC Twente was an incident’
Soccer affairs director Marc Overmars already spoke in October of a spot yr for Ajax because of the corona disaster. Ten Hag would moderately not communicate of that, however the coach doesn’t see wintering within the Champions League as an absolute should both.
“There’s not a single man overboard if we don’t make it to the Champions League, however we do try for the very best,” mentioned Ten Hag at his press convention on Tuesday. “We actually wish to be among the many greatest sixteen golf equipment in Europe. That could be a dream and we have now to go for it.”
In any case, Ajax must come out higher on Wednesday towards Atalanta than final Saturday within the residence recreation towards FC Twente. The crew from Amsterdam was no shadow of the fixed crew of the final weeks and misplaced 1-2 within the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
By the way, Ten Hag believes that not too many conclusions needs to be drawn from the match towards FC Twente. “I didn’t fear after that recreation. The match towards FC Twente was an incident and I see it individually from the match towards Atalanta”, the coach emphasised.
“Final week we confirmed to be in good condition towards Liverpool. After all there have been harsh phrases after that defeat towards Twente, however we should not dwell on it too lengthy. On to the following recreation.”
The match between Ajax and Atalanta begins on Wednesday at 6.55 pm within the Johan Cruijff ArenA. In case of a draw or defeat, the crew from Amsterdam are sentenced to the knock-out part of the Europa League after the winter break.
It isn’t but totally clear whether or not David Neres, Noussair Mazraoui, Nicolás Tagliafico and Lassina Traoré can play towards Atalanta. Ten Hag is hopeful that Neres, Mazraoui and Tagliafico may be deployed.
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