Ajax coach Erik ten Hag is especially disappointed that his team lost a 0-2 lead against Atalanta. In the second half, the team from Amsterdam conceded two goals in a time frame of five minutes and only one point was left from the Champions League game in Bergamo: 2-2.
“We fought and fought for it. We come to 0-2, then we have to play it smarter in the second half”, Ten Hag said on Tuesday after the game with Atalanta Ajax TV. “We get chances at 0-3, but we let ourselves be knocked out afterwards. That’s not really smart if you are leading 0-2.”
“I just blamed the team for that. You must be angry that you get away with too little if you are in front of this with 0-2”, the coach continued, who was especially disappointed that his team was not at the original level in the second half. plan remained. “We have to play our game. That means keeping possession longer, playing from side to side and keeping more people behind the ball. We didn’t.”
A tough battle remains for Ajax to be able to winter in the Champions League. The team from Amsterdam is in third place in group D and have four points less than leader Liverpool, which was 0-1 too strong in the Johan Cruijff ArenA last week. Number two Atalanta is on four points.
“We got one point from two games, but we should have had more. We should have rewarded ourselves more,” said Ten Hag. “We are still in the race, but we have to win against Midtjylland. Twice? Let’s start with just once.”
Ajax will visit FC Midtjylland next Tuesday, which won the Danish national title last season. The last player in group D previously lost 0-4 to Atalanta and on Tuesday 2-0 to Liverpool.