‘Haller was destroyed by his own trainer’

Aad de Mos is critical of the way Erik ten Hag deals with Sébastien Haller. The attacker had to make do with a place on the bench in the cup final against PSV and on Sunday he ended up in a difficult role in the game against AZ. According to the former trainer, it is good for Haller that Ten Hag is leaving.

In conversation with FootballFirst De Mos expresses himself in a fierce manner. Haller was destroyed by his own trainer. That is the fault of Ten Hag’, the former Ajax coach judges. ‘No trainer puts the top scorer of the Netherlands and Europe on the bench in such an important cup final. Who does that now? That does something to you as a player.’

In addition, De Mos is not yet fully convinced of Brian Brobbey. ‘I have yet to see it. I also rarely see him play 90 minutes. It’s falling in, falling out, falling in, falling out. Let alone an entire season. For me, Brobbey is not the striker you can lean on for a whole season in the Eredivisie, cup and Champions League. If I were Ajax, I would keep Haller. It will be good for him to have a new trainer.’

Ajax and PSV in the title race

Sunday saw a new turn in the title race in the Eredivisie. PSV seemed to be two points behind Ajax due to a victory over Feyenoord, but a controversial penalty in the final phase brought Feyenoord a 2-2 draw. ‘VAR has benefited us a lot, but also a lot of misery. Yes, the title fight has now been decided’, says De Mos. ‘Ajax is normally at home in Heerenveen, especially now with the audience behind it. Vitesse had been much more dangerous. Ajax is no longer giving this away.’

Incidentally, Ajax had to visit AZ earlier in the day after a victory. And that while De Mos saw the team from Amsterdam appear very nice before half-time. ‘It was a copy of the match against PSV in De Kuip. Both PSV and AZ fell behind, more pressure was put forward, trainers let go, causing the Ajax players to get into trouble. Timber tripped over the ball, Blind didn’t hit the ball anymore and was covering the wrong way. They made one mistake after another.’

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