Ajax has already been qualified for the next round of the Champions League, so Erik ten Hag will give the necessary substitutes against the Turkish Besiktas tomorrow, he said on Tuesday evening. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t take the duel seriously.
“In previous times, the players who were given a chance did not give home. And that annoys me immensely. Because tomorrow there will be a very good team on the field, just like the previous times. But as I said: we did not have We also have to win in tomorrow’s composition. And that pressure is on this team.”
The trainer did not want to comment on names, but according to the Ajax trainer, the entire selection of Ajax must prove itself tomorrow against the current number nine in Turkey. “We have to take that step if we want to be successful this year.”
To be successful, Ten Hag says it needs all players. “We want to win titles this season. In the Netherlands we have tough competition from PSV and Feyenoord. And in the Champions League we want to be first in the group.”
Ten Hag also briefly discussed the alleged interest of Manchester United. “It doesn’t distract me, but of course it’s nice that you are associated with clubs of this allure. But I’m working with Ajax. We don’t need to talk about other interests. No one has reported…”
Ten Hag cannot appeal to midfielder Edson Álvarez tomorrow, who is suspended. Furthermore, the injured Mohammed Kudus, Sean Klaiber and Maarten Stekelenburg are missing.