Ajax is experiencing a more difficult time in the second half of the season than in the first, when it was mostly easy sailing. Coach Erik ten Hag thinks this is a positive development: “It’s definitely good. A strong Eredivisie is in everyone’s best interest.”
Ten Hag discussed this at the press conference, 2 days prior to ADO – Ajax. The weekly press meeting was kicked off with a question about the postponing of Ajax – PEC Zwolle. “It was the KNVB’s decision, but I’m happy with it too. It’s in the best interest of Dutch football, and we need the points badly. That’s what we’re going to fight for.”
Just like he does almost every week in the press conference, Ten Hag gave a medical update on his selection. “We have Hassane Bandé and Carel Eiting who have been injured for longer. Bruno Varela and Lisandro Magallán have returned to the field.”
Only the former seems to be a candidate for a spot in the selection. “I think that Bruno is a bit further on. Lisandro will definitely not be there. He’s looking good and making progress, and I hope he can take the next steps next week.”
Who will be centre forward on Sunday?
The position of cenre forward came up in the discussion. Several reporters asked which player would be number 9 in The Hague. “You’ll see that on Sunday”, said Ten Hag. But, when asked, he went through all of the Ajacieds who could potentially play in that position.
“Dusan can play in several positions, he isn’t a specific centre forward. He is a going point man, he can created opportunities, and we’ve seen this season that he has the capacity to score a lot. Kasper Dolberg, on the other hand, is a specific centre forward. He can create patience by remaining deep, he can play along as well, but he mainly lives for scoring goals. Those are the main differences.”