Ten Hag: 'Team performance was on point'

Ten Hag: 'Team performance was on point'

Erik Ten Hag experienced a good debut as Ajax’s head coach.  After the Classic win against Feyenoord (2-0), he was a satisfied man.  “I’m very content”, he said at the press conference afterwards.  “The team’s performance was on point.”

“In the first half, we were in control, bue didn’t have any opportunities”, continued Ten Hag.  “We didn’t recognize those moments in which we needed to speed up.  In the break, we made some adjustments and the guys went with it very well.  Nico (Tagliafico) played on the inside more, which meant that Justin (Kluivert) had more one on ones.”

Man of the match
Tagliafico, who like Ten Hag, was making his debut, was crowned Man of the Match, and his coach felt that this was more than justified.  “I’m not the one who made the decision, but I totally agree with it.”

It’s not only the Classic which made an impact on Ten Hag, but the lead up to it. “Yesterday, I enjoyed entering de Toekomst.  That was an extra push in the right direction, which made the players feel the importance of this match even more.  It was a great experience.”

Stage fright was never a factor for the new Ajax coach.  “No, I don’t get nervous.  We prepared for this match normally, just like any other.  You make a plan and work towards that in the trainings and meetings.”

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