The language of Ajax-trainer Erik ten Hag will ever make for smiling faces on the players.
“It is but stages well,” says Frenkie de Jong in conversation with Telesport about the game of Ajax. “Then we walk out of our position, we put the wrong pressure or we are to hit the ball very sloppy. We have to have our concentration hold to ninety minutes to play.”
On the face of the talent appears a big smile. “It is the fixed expression of the trainer: high in the concentration to sit. I have called a number of times heard, yes.”
“But he has quite a number of separate terms, where I no sooner had heard of it and laugh. I knot them in my ears, a hundred percent, but they are funny. What? Longline and rückraum. Longline is if the opponent has the ball along the sidelines and plays rückraum is the space between the rearguard and the goalkeeper. That kind of thing is a bit awkward, but fine.”