Ten Hag urges maturity from Ajax forward of Tottenham semi-final
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has requested his aspect to point out a maturity past their years after they tackle Tottenham within the Champions League semi-finals.
Spurs host Ajax within the first leg on Tuesday, with the Eredivisie leaders welcoming Mauricio Pochettino’s aspect to Amsterdam on Could 8.
Ten Hag’s group – who needed to begin off in July within the second qualifying spherical – have already overcome Actual Madrid and Juventus within the knockout phases, in addition to drawing twice with Bayern Munich within the group stage.
And although the common age of Ajax’s beginning XI within the Champions League this season has been 24 years and 257 days, Ten Hag insists his aspect can not use inexperience as an excuse.
“They [the young players] have actually matured, actually within the final couple of years due to the variety of matches they’ve performed – within the Netherlands group and at a European stage,” Ten Hag informed a information convention.
“That may actually strengthen them of their growth. The group has actually come collectively.
“We put together our group totally, on the idea of our personal strengths. We have to have respect for the opposition – we take that into each match. That’s how we do our work.
“We wish to be assured on the pitch, however we will not be naive. We’ve a lot of matches beneath our belt.
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“From evaluation final season we had perhaps an absence of expertise. We regarded on objective on the Premier League, [Daley] Blind and [Dusan] Tadic. They needed to convey it to our squad and that is what they did.
“I haven’t got [superstitions]. I imagine in my group, the gamers on the pitch and the plan now we have gone by means of collectively. They will make their very own unbiased selections if one thing adjustments on the pitch.
“We’ve achieved one thing, however we wish to do extra. We do not wish to relaxation on our laurels. The group is sweet. We’re very match, very keen and really contemporary. We will actually carry out at our greatest, we all know that.”