"The fans can expect something. But what they cannot expect right away is the football we played at the end of last season. And the level we reached. That was unprecedented."
Ajax starts again at zero, Ten Hag emphasizes. That does not mean that he does not strive to equalize the results of the previous football season. In fact, the bar must be raised.
"If you relax, the enemy strikes," said the trainer. "We must prevent this. We must stay ahead."
Preparation is 'crazy'
Next Saturday Ajax opens the season with the match for the Johan Cruijff Scale against PSV. But only in the course of the week did Ten Hag complete its selection. Five supporting players, including Hakim Ziyech, David Neres and Nicolás Tagliafico, have not returned from vacation after a tournament with their country.