Ten Hag praising: ‘He played intelligently, was the driving force at Ajax’


Erik ten Hag is very satisfied with the performance of Zakaria Labyad in the practice match of Ajax against FC Utrecht (5-1). The occasional striker was the star with a hat-trick in the first half.

Labyad did not make a good impression from the right flank against RKC Waalwijk last Saturday, but everything was different on Thursday evening. He scored with a rebound and two beautiful free kicks. Ten Hag is full of praise for Labyad.

“Zakaria played intelligently. He was our great driving force in putting pressure”, the Ajax coach analyzed at the press conference afterwards. “He also played very well with Quincy Promes and scored good goals. An excellent performance.”

Noa Lang also seized his chance, Ten Hag concludes. However, the coach makes no promises. “We play a lot of duels. He has just returned. We are going to take a look, but I thought Noa performed his defensive tasks well today and also played well.”


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