At Hag praises ‘very smart coach Cocu in the run-up to the topper PSV-Ajax

Ajax-trainer Erik ten Hag has Friday his PSV colleague Phillip Cocu praised, although he’s confident that his team Sunday in the topper in Eindhoven, the kampioensfeest of the leader yet will defer.

“We assume that we win, we believe in ourselves,” said Ten Hag at his weekly press conference in The Future.

PSV is champion as the Locals Sunday in the Philips Stadium, winning the big competitor to Ajax. The difference between the leader and the number two is now seven points with four games to go.

At the Hag, who, between 2009 and 2012 assistant for PSV and then also worked with Cocu, has “respect” for the people from the netherlands. “They play a great season and have a lot of points to grab. All the credits”, said the 48-year-old Ajax coach.

“It is a very difficult team to play against. They are stiff, play from a good organisation and always know a goal. I think the coach is very good looked at his spelersmateriaal and the maximum efficiency out of it.”

According to Ten Hag is Cocu a “truly pupil” of former PSV coach Guus Hiddink. “He is ‘uitgenast’, in the Hiddink-kretologie to stay, a very smart coach. Especially in the tactical portion, Phillip knows his team is always well to put down. Or there are also similarities between the two of us? We both want to be more than happy to win.”

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At Hag wanted Friday less than to lose what about its set-up or battle plan against PSV. He told so or not captain Joël Veltman will return in the base. The defender was last week suspended for the thuisduel with Heracles Almelo (1-0 victory), allowing Maximilian Wöber central in the back.

“It could be that I Veltman essay,” said Ten Hag. “You look at the stage in the season, to form, to what is necessary against an opponent. There base you end up your plan.”

The Tukker swore that his team is not very different has prepared because the opponent has a possible kampioensduel plays. “We want every match to win, so far changes nothing. If we win there is a new situation. Then the pressure increases again in the Premier league.”

Several Ajax players have in the past week made it clear that they don’t want PSV champion in the duel with the Locals. “Considerable over and over again to hear a little bit in the sport, fine,” placed At the Hag, which is itself a small speldenprikje gave them.

“PSV will get this season a lot of penalty’s and or they all are… It does play a role here. If you with Luuk de Jong in battle comes in the sixteen, you should have that in a controlled way.”


If PSV Sunday the 24th national championship of the club history picks up, then it follows Monday’s ceremony on the city hall square in Eindhoven.

PSV-Ajax starts on Sunday at 16.45 hours and is under the direction of arbitrator Danny Makkelie.

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