Ajax coach Erik ten Hag is not happy with the schedule that awaits the Amsterdammers from September. From the start of the Eredivisie, Ajax’s schedule is packed and Ten Hag’s team comes into action almost every three days.
In conversation with Ajax Life Ten Hag states that the corona break has not been unfavorable for the fitness of his players. Many players of Ajax have barely had a summer break in recent years due to playing summer international matches and qualifying matches for the Champions League. The months-long break due to the premature ending of the Eredivisie was therefore not inconvenient for some players. “Our players have definitely benefited from it. Those boys were so overburdened and walked on their toes for a long time, ‘explains Ten Hag.
However, the coach also sees that the schedule for next season is packed from September and fears new overload on his players. “We haven’t learned from it. From September the schedule is chock, chock and chock full. The tax will be many times worse than before, because there is not even a winter break in the schedule, ‘Ten Hag complains.
A bright spot in Ajax’s busy schedule is that the Amsterdammers will most likely not have to qualify for Champions League football this season through preliminary rounds. This means that, unlike the past two seasons, Ajax can work towards the Eredivisie start with less pressure. Ten Hag is happy with that. ‘If everything goes according to plan, Ajax will receive a direct starting ticket for the Champions League and we are slowly working towards that. We used to have to force a bit more. You had to get results immediately, otherwise it was over and out in a preliminary round. To achieve that, we sometimes pushed through processes while you would rather do it differently. ‘
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