Ten Hag: 'We’re going to play our own game'

Ten Hag: 'We’re going to play our own game'

Erik ten Hag and Dusan Tadic took their seats an hour later than planned at the press conference in the Allianz Arena in Munich.  “A delay is annoying, but we can’t do anything about it”, said Ten Hag.  And he added: “Bayern is the favourite, but we need to go for every opportunity.”

Ajax’s flight was delayed by 2 hours due to a power failure.  “We would have like it to be different, obviously.  But you have to roll with it.  We shouldn’t waste too much energy thinking about this, but focus on the match instead”, was Ten Hag’s reaction.

Dusan Tadic was realistic after the hectic trip.  “A delay isn’t good, but we shouldn’t forget to concentrate on tonight’s training and tomorrow’s game.  We still have enough time to prepare properly, but I hope this doesn’t happen again.”

‘We believe we have a chance’

Tadic looks forward to Tuesday’s game.  “This is an amazing game for us all.  We are so happy to be playing a match like this tomorrow.  We need to stay calm and believe in ourselves.  I think Bayern is a contender for the Champions League title.  Before the game, it’s hard for me to judge what we can do against them.  We believe that we have a chance and we need to show that.  But we should also enjoy these types of games.”

Favourite

Ten Hag sees an excellent team in Bayern as well.  “They’re the favourite in the group.  They still are, despite two lesser results in the past weeks.  But perhaps that will make them more dangerous, and motivate them.  Pressure can lead to great performances”, says the former Bayern Munich Reserves coach, from experience.  “But it can also work the other way.  Because they haven’t won 2 games, there are weaknesses in the team, which can work to our advantage.”

Everyone tried to look into the crystal ball at the press conference.  One question was whether Ten Hag would be pleased with one point.  “Yes, that’s a result”, said the Ajax coach carefully.  “But we need to go for the win.  We will need to play our own game, and not adjust it.  We make a plan for each game: ‘where are the threats and where are the opportunities?  Tomorrow, we need to go for the opportunities.”

Frenkie de Jong question mark
Ajax will be able to do that with Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.  Ten Hag: “Yes, they’re fit.  Frenkie de Jong is here, and showing progress, but we’re not sure if he’ll play yet.”