Erik ten Hag is partly satisfied with the 0-5 victory of Ajax on a visit to RKC Waalwijk. The coach saw more movement in his players, although he remains of the opinion that his team still leaves too many opportunities unused.
“We had intended to play with much more movement than the past two Eredivisie matches,” Ten Hag said. The Telegraph on the lesser matches against Heracles Almelo (0-0) and Go Ahead Eagles (0-0). “And I think it worked out really well because there was a lot of movement up front and RKC was heavily overworked.”
“This game could have ended very well in the end in 1-8. But Remko Pasveer had a fantastic save,” said Ten Hag, referring to Michiel Kramer’s chance on behalf of RKC. The Ajax coach indicates that he is satisfied. ‘This is what we want to see. If players are not willing to walk, go into those zones where it hurts, it stops. This is necessary if an opponent is very compact and you wait with a passive attitude. Then you have to create spaces and that also means making a lot of tedious meters, sacrificial runs.’
Room for improvement
Ten Hag does believe that it can be even better, he concludes. ‘We still have to fine-tune it. But this move is a foundation to continue with in the coming matches. Without neglecting the defensive discipline, residual defense and the conversion. All in all it was a good win on the way to Wednesday, to Besiktas.’
Despite the 0-5 victory, Ten Hag remains critical, as is often the case. “I think this team needs to be many times more effective. We need way too many chances. At a higher level, opponents are even better organized and you don’t create as much.’