Erik ten Hag was a satisfied trainer after the cup victory (0-1) of Ajax at AZ. His team reached the quarterfinals and he could have saved many players. “That is indeed all good”, he acknowledged. “It was a beautiful evening for us.”
Ten Hag chose eight other base players than Sunday against Feyenoord. “That was really necessary,” he said. “We also started against AZ again with a day less rest than the opponent to the match, just last week as against FC Twente and Feyenoord. But fortunately I have a wide selection. They showed it again.”
The coach thought Ajax had won. “We not only score, but also hit the pole twice a once the bar. It was true that we were lucky there was no video referee, because Myron Boadu was indeed not sidelined when he was able to move towards the target. I also don‘t understand why there’s not a video referee at all the cup games. If you take the cup tournament seriously, and we do, you have to apply the video referee here too. Especially if you always have that at the level where you normally play (including Eredivisie and Champions League, red.).
Ten Hag was also happy with the players he could make minutes. “I have seen an excellent Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez did fine after an awkward start. He‘s just an excellent footballer, actually a base player. That’s why I talk to him a lot. He has a lot of conurrency for his positions with Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico and Ryan Gravenberch. But above all, I think he is a defender and can only set up eleven.”