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De Jong and Mazraoui question marks,  Magallán and Varela absent in Almelo

De Jong and Mazraoui question marks,  Magallán and Varela absent in Almelo

Lisandro Magallán and Bruno Varela will not be available to play the away game at Heracles Almelo.  Erik ten Hag said as much in his weekly press conference.  Moreover, Frenkie de Jong and Noussair Mazraoui are question marks as well.

“Frenkie quit training yesterday.  There will be another one today, he’ll join again and we need to see how it develops.  Noussair trained again yesterday.  If today goes well, he’ll be available for tomorrow.”

No change of course
Ajax has been experiencing a less than stellar second half of the competition, but got back on track with last week’s win against VVV-Venlo (6-0).  For Ten Hag, it was obvious that certain accents needed to change, but that no sweeping change of course would be needed.

“We need to keep directing and managing as we did before.  We were successful for a long time, and we’re still active on three fronts.  We shouldn’t change anything.  What we do need to change is our attitude.  We made a start with that last week, and we aim to continue.”

A reporter asked if the six-goal game against VVV has helped the team forget about put the mediocre game played in de Kuip.  Ten Hag said no.  “One 6-0 win doesn’t mean you forget everything else.  But it did give us the confirmation of what we need to do to get good results.”

'Only thing that matters is competition' 
On Wednesday, the top game against Real Madrid awaits Ajax, but this doesn’t mean that the Ajacieds are thinking about that game yet.  “No, our focus is on Heracles.  The only thing that matters right now is the competition” , said Ten Hag.  “After the game against Heracles, our focus will shift to Real Madrid.”

Ten Hag also discussed Christian Rasmussen’s arrival.  The 16-year old Dane will join the Ajax U17s.  “He’s a very talented youth player.  He had the opportunity to develop calmly.  The intention is that within a certain amount of time – we’re not yet sure how long – he’ll flow into Ajax 1.”