Ten Hag: 'Klaassen's opportunity sums up our whole Champions League season'

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Erik ten Hag expressed his frustration about the result against Atalanta (0-1) and was especially disappointed by a moment during the game's 75th minute. "That was our best chance of the game, at 0-0. It could have made all the difference, but it's just a real shame. Davy Klaassen's opportunity really sums up and it almost a metaphor for our whole season. We weren't able to make the most of great opportunities."

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Not enough connection
Ajax's first half performance was lacking urgency, and it was this poor attacking performance that drew Ten Hag's ire. "There just wasn't enough connection going on in the first half, especially with Brian Brobbey. Brian made himself very available a number of times throughout the game. But as I've already said, we needed more guys like that. That would have also given us more power upfront."

Ten Hag: "In the spring we'll go further in the Europa League. After reaching the final a few years ago, we know very well where that can lead, but we also know the story of what happened with Getafe last season. You just have to get to the next round first."

Back to work on Saturday
Despite all this, Ajax's coach wants the team to quickly get back on their feet. "You can't wallow in disappointment for too long. This leads to negativity, to injuries and to low levels of energy. We have to get that positive vibe back. We've been having a great season so far and we'll continue that against Zwolle on Saturday."

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