During the press conference before the Lille match Erik ten Hag didn’t want to reveal any of his game plans to the journalists. On Wednesday Ajax misses the central duo Joël Veltman and Daley Blind because of a suspension. “In the centre we have to make concessions, but we’re not going to do that in the way we play.”
“What do I want to say about the line-up? Nothing. I know what the plan is, and you will see tomorrow.” the manager told the press.
Ten Hag still isn’t sure if Mazraoui is fit to play tomorrow. “He’s been bruised. It does limit him in his moving. We are going to train later. Then we’ll see if he can play on Wednesday. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Ajax won with 3-0 in Amsterdam, but that says little about tomorrow’s game according to Ten Hag. “I expect Lille to storm from the first minute. That’s what they did in Amsterdam. The result was somewhat flattered and they are still two equal teams. But if we have the ball, they can’t score.” spoken like Cruyff himself.
The home team will have to do without Adama Soumaoro and José Fonte on Wednesday evening. “I just heard that, yes,” acknowledged the coach. But did you see Lille’s selection? They’re perfectly capable of coping with that.”