Football analyst Rinus Israël believes that Ajax coach Erik ten Hag should change his way of playing. The former player of Feyenoord and PEC Zwolle, among others, is of the opinion that Ajax does not currently have the qualities to play the beloved attack game.
‘They don’t currently have the material that is good enough to maintain the way they play. So putting high pressure and playing on half of the opponent, “says Israel NH Sports Café. ‘It’s a great way to play, but as a trainer you know where Ajax’s weaknesses lie. In the build-up Ajax suffered a lot of ball loss in the last matches. The spaces that Ajax then gives away defensively are way too large. That cannot be defended by the players who are now there. ”
The question is therefore whether Ten Hag should play differently. Israel thinks so. “You have to play according to the qualities of your players,” says Israel, who is then confronted with statements from Ten Hag. The trainer does not want to deviate from his playing method. “He must continue to do that. He has now lost three or four games that way. ”
Israel would like to see more certainties at Ajax. The backs should be less high and the team should play more compactly. ‘And fewer players for the ball. If the results get better and other players get fitter, you have the same effect as Feyenoord now with Advocaat. The trainer could proclaim a simpler way of playing. At least more cautious. But I would say: keep it up! ‘, He concludes with a sneer.