Ten Hag: 'We are in a very good flow'

Ten Hag: 'We are in a very good flow'

At the press conference leading up to Juventus – Ajax, Erik ten Hag referred several times to ‘crossing new thresholds’.  The coach hopes to achieve a new milestone on Tuesday evening in Turin.  “I think we’re in a very good flow.  We’ll need to hold on to that.”

“At the beginning of the season, nobody expected us to be among the final eight of the Champions League, together with the giants”, said Ten Hag.  “But the team has developed so much that we can hold our own against these clubs.  We believe in that, and believe in a good result.  That’s how we will meet Juve tomorrow.”

Measured risks with De Jong
Naturally, Frenkie de Jong’s availability was discussed in the press conference.  The midfielder sustained a hamstring injury early on in last Saturday’s game against Excelsior.  Ten Hag discussed his reasoning to either let De Jong play or not, and referred to a measured risk.  “If the risk is too great, he won’t play.”

“But Frenkie is positive. He’s a positive guy, in life.  A player needs to make his own choices.  I can’t see inside his body, and I can’t feel what he feels.  He needs to let us know, although I’m the one who will decide the line-up.”

Another plan of attack for Juventus
Ten Hag expects his Italian opponents to choose a different tactic this time.  “That’s what Juventus’  coach is known for: that he prepares very well for each game.”

'Not only the case in Cameroon, but also in the entire world'

“We’re taking into account that things may go differently.  Last week, we had control for a large part of the match.  It was because of our low efficiency that we didn’t score more than one goal.  We’ll have to do a much better job in executing the plan we had last week.”

Onana at his strongest 😀
Andre Onana was at the press conference as well.  The keeper was asked what the difference was between the current Ajax team and the team that reached the Europa League final two years ago.  “We’re stronger than we were two years ago.  We’re showing that in every game.  Reaching the quarter finals of the Champions League is a big achievement.”

Another reporter wanted to know if the game was being followed with as much interest and passion in his home country. Onana: “That’s not only the case in Cameroon, but in the whole world.”