Ten Hag vigilant: '2-0 actually isn’t enough'

Ten Hag vigilant: '2-0 actually isn’t enough'

In its first official match of the season, Ajax did well and posted a good result against Sturm Graz (2-0).  But this doesn’t mean that coach Erik ten Hag was counting his chickens.  “We stuck to our plan and I saw a real team.  In addition to that, several of the individual performances pleased me, but it wasn’t enough.”

The return in Graz follows in a week’s time.  Ten Hag would have liked for it to already be a done deal.  “2-0 isn’t enough, actually.  We created so many opportunities, and we should have been more effective.  It’s still a fight, and they still have a chance.  I can’t deny that we are in a good position, but we need to remain vigilant.”

Ten Hag sees room for improvement with his team, which he feels is logical so early in the season.  “We’ve only had a complete selection for 2 days, and we’re not in top shape yet.  Moreover, we need to work on our mode of playing.  But I’ve definitely seen a good starting point.”

Prodigal son

The coach brought in recent acquisitions – Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic – as substitutes and saw that their entry brought excitement to the Johan Cruijff ArenA.  “It’s so nice that the crowd embraced them right away, the atmosphere was amazing.  For Daley it’s like returning home, the prodigal son.  It’s great to see how he was received.  The same goes for Dusan, who immediately had a spot in the crowd’s heart.”

Click between Tadic and Ziyech

To his pleasure, Ten Hag saw a saw a direct click between Tadic and Hakim Ziyech.  The coach was full of praise for the latter.  “I enjoyed watching Hakim.  He played a flawless match and made a big difference on many fronts.”