Ten Hag confirms: “Varela will play on Thursday”

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During the press conference after Ajax – RKC (3-0) head coach Erik ten Hag was very clear about his replacement for Andre Onana in the Europa League match versus Getafe. Bruno Varela will defend the goal for Ajax in Madrid.

Andre Onana is suspended for the first leg versus Getafe because he accumulated too many yellow cards. Bruno Varela is the back-up goalkeeper but his most recent performance, in Jong Ajax’ 7-2 defeat versus Jong FC Utrecht, was extremely disappointing. Despite that, ten Hag keeps faith in his back-up goalie.

“How you play in Jong Ajax doesn’t mean anything to me. He knows it wasn’t good and can that he can play at a much higher level. That’s what he’s going to do on Thursday. We’re confident in his capabilities and we have expressed that to him as well.” Erik ten Hag stated when asked about the issue.

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