Ten Haerik ten hag
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag was left with mixed feelings about the 2-2 draw against Benfica in the eighth finals of the Champions League. The coach was particularly uncomfortable with the way in which his team collected the second Portuguese goal on Wednesday.
“If you are leading 1-2, you can’t let yourself be countered,” Ten Hag told Ziggo Sport . “That just can’t happen to us.”
In the 72nd minute, Benfica faced three Ajax defenders with four attackers, after which Roman Yaremchuk headed in the rebound. The counterattack arose after Ajax defender Jurriën Timber had slipped deep in the half of Benfica and left back Daley Blind had also come far forward. “At least one more defender should have stayed behind,” Ten Hag said.
Ten Haerik ten hag
The trainer thought that his team controlled the game for a long time. “I am here with mixed feelings. Because we give away the goals too easily, while we create five 100 percent chances ourselves,” said Ten Hag, who was referring to missed opportunities by Noussair Mazraoui, Edson Álvarez and Ryan Gravenberch.
“If one of those balls does go in, it will be 1-3 and then we will win here. You are not going to get ten finished chances at European level. We should have handled the chances better.”
Tadic regrets missed opportunities
Captain Dusan Tadic was also disappointed with the draw. “We had the chances to win. That didn’t happen and that’s why I’m a bit disappointed,” Tadic told RTL 7 .
“We have to rectify this at home. I think we should have done more, especially in the phase when we were leading 1-2. Unfortunately, that did not work,” continued the Serb, who himself scored the opening goal in Lisbon.
The return in the Johan Cruijff ArenA is on Tuesday 15 March. Because away goals in European duels no longer count ‘double’, Ajax will have to win at home for a place in the quarter-finals. In the event of a tie, the game will be extended after 90 minutes.
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