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Ajax coach Erik ten Hag: “Plays Standard the underdog? That is a Belgian tactics”

Standard receive Tuesday night Ajax for the third qualifying round of the Champions League. The Dutch are favourites for the double confrontation to win, although Ajax coach Erik ten Hag couldn’t be bothered.

In 2016, names Standard and Ajax for the last time against each other, when in the Europa League. In Amsterdam, it was 1-0, in Liège, and the match ended at 1-1. The last participation in the Champions League group stage dates for Ajax incidentally, all of the season 2014/15. “This time we definitely won’t. There will be a lot of pressure, but if that a healthy press and that the performance can only benefit. The players are already very motivated”, said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.

At Hag refused to do the role that Michel Preud’homme, the Amsterdam club earlier defined. “To say that we are a favourite, is a typical Belgian policy. Belgians like to play the role of underdog. I say: the odds are fifty-fifty. We as Dutch people are humbly remain after the performance of the Belgians at the world cup. Preud’homme said that he get us out of our comfort zone, but he just wants to try to prevent that our favourite game can play. I expected me in any case to a very strong Standard, that for your own audience, will succeed in order for the necessary gears to ensure.”

“Standard is a good club”, was at the Hag further. “They are excellent to the season started. In comparison with the match against Sturm Graz, I think, two or three players to exchange”. The Dutch trainer had understood that Daley Blind is likely his return will celebrate for Ajax.

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