Ten Hag: 'Failed to finish it off'

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Ajax was eliminated over two legs of the quarter finals of the UEFA Europa League against AS Roma. Immediately after the game in Italy, manager Erik ten Hag pointed out where it went wrong, “We were the dominant team over two games. But we were too inaccurate, too inefficient in the opponent's penalty area."

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"If two teams are very even with each other, then you have to be sharp in the opponent's box", Ten Hag continued.

He saw how Brian Brobbey gave new impetus to Ajax in the second half. At that time it was still 0-0. "He eventually scored the first goal and was also involved in the 0-2. He had a good impact on the game."

That second goal was ruled out by VAR, due to a foul by Nico Tagliafico in the build up prior to the goal. "I cannot judge the moment itself from the sideline", said the manager. "But the referee judged it and let it go. So in my opinion it should have stood.”

With his team is out of the Europa League, Ten Hag looked back on the European season. "We have to look ourselves in the mirror. You have to seize opportunities to be successful at this level."

Focus on Sunday
Ten Hag often speaks of dwelling on a loss for a maximum of 24 hours, and this is one of those occasions. "The team knows that. The players were disappointed in the dressing room, but are already extremely motivated for Sunday."

Ajax will play against Vitesse in the final of the KNVB Cup at the weekend. That match starts at 6:00 PM in De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam.

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