Erik ten Hag is pleased that Ajax this week all the way to revancheren for the blamerende 6-2 defeat of at the end of January against Feyenoord. The Locals meet the Locals on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the TOTO KNVB-cup.
“It is a happiness for us that we have that nasty taste as quickly can rinse”, says Ten Hag Monday in interview with Ajax TV. “We have some right to convert and the match treating it as a European duel.”
The painful defeat against Wigan was typical for Ajax’ volatile beginning of 2019. The 33-times national champions left the week for those Classic points against sc Heerenveen (4-4) and the beginning of February was 1-0 lost to Heracles Almelo.
At Hag thinks that Ajax after the consecutive competitiezeges on NAC Breda (5-0) and ADO Den Haag (1-5) is ready to take revenge against Feyenoord, already realize the coach that his players in The Cockpit on the top of their must play in order for the first time since 2014 the cup final to achieve.
“We have a strong team and that means that everyone for the full 100 percent. The contest asks for conviction and decisiveness,” stresses At the Hag, who in 2015 as a coach for FC Utrecht in the cup final lost to Feyenoord.
A typical image of The Classic from the end of January. (Photo: ProShots)
“We need to be very good to win’
Feyenoord showed himself to be just as Ajax changeable this calendar year, but the team of trainer Giovanni van Bronckhorst knew a good dress for the halvefinaleduel by leader PSV Sunday in Eindhoven to a 1-1-tie.
At the Hag must have the whole race still look back and saw Sunday, only the final phase of the topper, but the coach is impressed with the way Feyenoord for the day came in the Philips Stadium.
“I saw a very self-confident Feyenoord with ten men continued to play football and regularly under the pressure of PSV uitspeelde”, analyses At the Hag. “They went to the front to play football and that was really excellent. We need to be very good for Wednesday to win.”
The cracker between the cup holder Feyenoord and Ajax begins Wednesday at 20.45 hours in Rotterdam and is headed by referee Kevin Blom. The other semi-final will go between Willem II and AZ and state Thursday night at the program.