Ten Hag: ‘We have not learned anything from it, it will be many times worse than before’

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Ajax coach Erik ten Hag admits that the forced rest break was not bad for his key players. In contrast to the past two years, there was enough time to charge the batteries, but the joy about this is short-lived.


“Our players have definitely benefited,” says Ten Hag about the months-long break for the Ajax players Ajax Life. “Those guys were so overworked and walked on their toes for a long time.”

At the same time, a warning from Ten Hag. “We haven’t learned from it.” For example, the upcoming Eredivisie season will be completed in a shorter time and a series of three international matches awaits in September. “As of September, the schedule is chock, choke and chock full. The load will be many times worse than before, because there is not even a winter break in the schedule.”

It makes a difference that Ajax finally has a quiet start-up phase. If Olympique Lyon or Napoli does not win the Champions League in August, the Amsterdammers can immediately go to the group stage of the billion-dollar trap. “We used to have to force a bit more. You had to get results immediately, otherwise it was over and over in a preliminary round. To achieve that, we sometimes pushed through processes while you would rather do it differently.”

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