The trainer saw his side fighting with all their strength in the second half. "We had to survive. We really dug deep this game, so full compliments to the team."
The Ajax coach was very pleased with the performance during the first forty minutes. "We were good on the ball, so we didn't have too much trouble finding space. After that we had some problems with vertical play here and there."
"You can't always play well," continued ten Hag. ''There were banners hanging in stadium talking about mentality and willpower. This is the spirit with which we played the second half."
The fact that ten Hag's 100th win with Ajax was a Klassieker match was a very special occasion. "My first win was a Klassieker game, so the fact that my 100th is also a Klassieker is absolutely fantastic. I'm still pretty level-headed in the face of such statistics however. On Wednesday night the KNVB cup is at stake."