Trainer Erik ten Hag is pleased that Ajax by the 4-2-thuiszege at Vitesse on Tuesday is a step put in the direction of the title in the Eredivisie, but he is frustrated by the decline of his team in the final stage of the competition.
“That is a point of improvement. That we should just not happen”, said Ten Hag at FOX Sports about the game of Ajax after the 3-0 and the double switch (Rasmus Kristensen for Nicolás Tagliafico and David Neres for Hakim Ziyech).
“That bills of exchange were partly necessary. Tagliafico felt the last days is not good. The state left it to him to pick out. Therefore, there was some levity in the team. I allowed my players to expect that they have their tasks to perform well.”
At Hag had praising words for Dusan Tadic. The attacker took advantage of two penalties and did so again, his 23rd and 24th goal of the season, which he behind PSV eindhoven’Luuk de Jong second is on the topscorerslijst of the Premier league.
“Tadic is a klasbak. He is of great value for us. He is doing exactly what we have achieved. He has an incredible return. So high he has never met, both in the Premier league as in the Champions League,” said Ten Hag.
“Or he’s still a step up? We play later in the semi-finals of the Champions League. You can almost not on a higher level. He has here with us a whole lot of fun.”
Dusan Tadic celebrates one of his two goals against Vitesse. (Photo: Pro Shots)
“Of course, says doelpuntenrecord something’
At Hag also find it telling that Ajax and the Dutch doelpuntenrecord broke. The 3-0 of This Is against Vitesse was the 159e goal of Ajax this season in all competitions and thus surpassed the Amsterdammers performance of AZ (158) from the season 1980/1981.
“Of course, say that something. Ultimately, you play football for the fans. We have last summer tried to put together a team that offensively is set. I think that well is successful.”
Ajax can in the coming days in peace to prepare for the diptych with Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The heenwedstrijd is next week on Tuesday in London, and the return six days later in Amsterdam.
“We have in recent times given much. A lot of players get the next two days off. Then they can just charge the battery and then full bake forward”, decided At the Hag.
Ajax is having a great season. The amsterdam is not only the top in the Premier league and in the semi-finals of the Champions League, but also in the final of the TOTO KNVB-cup (next week Sunday against Willem II).
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