Last Update 22:8
Monday, 24 June 2019

Ajax 'confident, fit and eager' for Spurs match, coach Ten Hag says

Reuters , Tuesday 7 May 2019
Ajax
Ajax Reuters
Share/Bookmark
Views: 819
Share/Bookmark
Views: 819

A fully fit Ajax Amsterdam will focus on its attacking strengths in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday despite a goalless draw being enough to take them to the final, coach Erik ten Hag said on Tuesday.

"We need to win this match tomorrow, that will be our mindset," Ten Hag said a pre-match press conference. "We have to stick to our own strengths."

Ajax upset Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semi final with a fast, attacking style of play, and initially dominated Tottenham in their 1-0 away win last week.

But the Dutch team, which features several players polished in the club's famed academy, struggled in the second half in London as Tottenham increased the pressure on their defense.

"Our minds were a bit too much on defending the lead," Ten Hag said. "But it was also a show of strength by Spurs. It showed we have to cross another frontier tomorrow. But we are confident we can do it. We are fit and we are eager."

Ten Hag said his team had no injuries following Sunday's Cup Final win against Willem II Tilburg, although it was not yet clear whether Brazilian forward David Neres could start the match.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.