12 Apr Ajax 1-1 Juventus:’We could find a result there’ – Ten Hag encircle Dutch side for semi-final
The side’s head coach is optimistic going into the next leg of their Champions League quarter-final off into the Indians
Erik ten Hag stated Ajax could attain the Champions League semi-finals should they’ve”100 percent belief” after their 1-1 draw with Juventus.
The Cinderella story of the year’s competition, Ajax made another remarkable performance in Wednesday’s first-leg quarter-final struggle in Amsterdam, where David Neres cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener.
Ajax — that stunned three-time reigning champions Real Madrid at the past 16 — were prominent against Juve in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, together with the Dutch giants unlucky to not add Neres’ 46th-minute equaliser.
Following Frenkie de Jong along with a young Ajax facet surfaced again, head trainer Ten Hag told reporters:”I believe we pushed our borders again this evening. However, if we wish to get to the semi-finals, then we must devote a great deal of work within another match.
“We could use this match for instance, we could learn from it. When we’ve got a 100 percent belief, we could find a result there.
“We performed really old for 99.9 percent of this match, yes. There was just 1 moment where we did not listen. They instantly took advantage of this.
“In case you would like to take another step, you are going to need to improve this. Obviously, Juventus are still preferred in this tie, but now we showed we could measure ourselves using a team like this”
“If we would like to beat them, we can not have weak minutes against a team like this. In the event you do not listen for a second, they’ll punish you . Thus, we are going to have to improve that,” he continued.
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“I believe we had a fantastic game plan and we executed it very well. I wanted we scored the next goal, but we need to be pleased with this outcome. We must bury this outcome, since we play Excelsior next weekend”
117 – Frenkie de Jong (21 years, 333 times ) is the youngest participant with 117 rolls at a Champions League game in the quarter-finals onwards as Sergio Busquets at 2010 v Inter. DNA. pic.twitter.com/GhSjCzwkUI
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Ten Hag added:”I told my players it was important to not lose. You need to count your blessings at a while. You need to feel a draw is your maximum results potential.
“We neglected against Bayern Munich at the house game [of their group-stage fixture], giving a 3-2 score. ) Against Real Madrid you concede the 1-2. So this is actually the consequence we bring about Turin. The draw is an outcome, allowing us to have a much better position to the away game”