Ajax coach Erik ten Hag attaches little importance, in the run-up to Sunday's top match against PSV, to the Amsterdam team losing the past three seasons in Eindhoven.
"We can go back to the past, but we can't do much with that," said Ten Hag on Friday at his weekly press conference. "We have to look to the future. It is about what we put on the mat on Sunday."
The last win and the last goal of Ajax in a competition duel in Eindhoven dates from the 2015/2016 year. Arek Milik and Anwar El Ghazi then helped the team from Amsterdam to a 0-2 victory. In the past three seasons, PSV won once with 1-0 (2016/2017) and twice with 3-0 (2017/2018 and 2018/2019).
Last season, the game was already decided in the first half, as PSV scored its three goals between the 21st and 35th minutes. Ten Hag sees no reason in that defeat to make adjustments to his tactics.
"Ajax has often lost in Eindhoven. How can we break that? By doing normal, playing our own game and doing what we are good at. Why should I make adjustments? We always rely on our own strength. Against Real Madrid, Juventus, Lille, and therefore against PSV. "
PSV-Ajax starts on Sunday at 4.45 pm and is led by referee Danny Makkelie. Jochem Kamphuis is the video referee.
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