Erik ten Hag recognized that Ajax had difficulty securing the win at Het Kasteel, but that at the same time, rarely looked threatened. ''Sparta hoped for a moment. They almost had that before half-time. You should not give that to them.''
''Still, I think that if we would have made the 0-2, it could also have been a match with a more lopsided result. If you look at everything together, it is a well-deserved victory for Ajax.''
Sparta – Ajax 0-1 (0-1)
36. Tadic 0-1
Ajax: Pasveer, Mazraoui, Timber, Martínez, Blind (87. Tagliafico), Álvarez, Gravenberch, Berghuis, Neres, Danilo (80. Klaassen), Tadic