Ten Hag praises Feyenoord after the final: ‘We can all be proud’

Ten Hag praises Feyenoord after the final: ‘We can all be proud’

Erik ten Hag is praised for the European performance of Feyenoord, which qualified for the final of the Conference League on Thursday at the expense of Olympique de Marseille. Ajax coach sees turning point in performance of Dutch clubs in Europe.

“We have been a bit behind in Europe for years,” Ten Hag said on Friday at a press conference in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, prior to the Eredivisie slum against AZ on Sunday.

“The comeback is now visible. Ajax reached the Europa League final in 2017 and now Feyenoord is in the final. Beautiful. We can all be very proud that a Dutch club is in the final.”

On Sunday, Feyenoord has another important game waiting. The Rotterdammers play their best match against PSV in De Kuip and if Ajax wins, they can already become champions on Sunday. The team from Amsterdam must then beat AZ.

Ten Hag expects Feyenoord to take the lead against PSV, although it is shortly after the heavy semi-final against Marseille. “There is enough time to recuperate. Feyenoord also returns with enthusiasm and energy and they want to keep it that way.”

Eredivisie top 5 position

  • 1.Ajax 31-78 (+74)
  • 2. PSV 31-74 (+42)
  • 3. Feyenoord 31-67 (+42)
  • 4. FC Twente 31-62 (+15)
  • 5.AZ 31-59 (+22)

Mazraoui can make a comeback against AZ

Ajax has been able to quietly prepare for their meeting with AZ for a week, although many players have stopped in recent days due to injuries. Perr Schuurs, Lisandro Martínez, Ryan Gravenberch and Antony are not playing this season.

On the other hand, Noussair Mazraoui, Devyne Rensch, Steven Berghuis and Edson Álvarez are back in shape. Ten Hag, who did not say whether Ajax will play 4-4-2 against PEC Zwolle, just like the weekend against PEC Zwolle, said: ,,They are really back. This is good news,” he said. “Once again there are opportunities in the wings and we are flexible. We’ll see how we fill them.”

AZ v Ajax starts on Sunday at 2.30 pm in the AFAS Stadium and will be moderated by referee Dennis Higler. The kick-off in Feyenoord against PSV will take place at 4:45 PM.

Eredivisie 32nd round

  • Friday 20:00: Cambuur-RKC
  • Saturday 18:45: Twente-Fortuna
  • Saturday 20:00: PEC-FC Utrecht
  • Saturday 20:00: Willem II-Herakles
  • Saturday 21:00: Groningen-Sparta
  • Sunday 12:15: NEC-Go Ahead
  • Sunday 14:30: AZ-Ajax
  • Sunday 14:30: Vitesse-Heerenveen
  • Sunday 16:45: Feyenoord-PSV

Source: NU