WHEN there were rumors that Ajax Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag had replaced Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United, the Dutchman was determined to complete his role. In this case, bringing De Godenzonen, namely the nickname of Ajax, to take part in European competition.
In the first leg of the Champions League which took place at Benfica’s headquarters, Ajax failed to win. Erik ten Hag’s team was only able to draw 2-2. In the second leg which will take place at the Amsterdam Arena Stadium, Ajax certainly wants to win again in European competition.
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Last time, Ajax made it past the group stage in the Champions League and produced a stunning run to the semi-finals in 2018-2019. Playing at home is certainly an attempt to repeat, or be better than the achievements in this season.
A draw in the first leg of the Champions League, seems to hit Ajax with a shock defeat to Go Ahead Eagles in domestic competition. However, since then, they have won three wins in a row to maintain their position at the top of the Eredivisie standings.
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“I have a double feeling (about the first leg). It’s a good result but, on the other hand, we missed it. We had two or three good chances, which we didn’t do,” concluded Erik ten Hag.
Playing at home, Ajax has a great chance of winning the match against Benfica. Meanwhile, Benfica, who are unbeaten in their last seven matches, are a valuable asset for the second leg. They may score again against Ajax.(Sportsmole/UEFA/OL-11)