Ajax coach Erik ten Hag is eager to reach the final of the TOTO KNVB Cup tournament.

The team from Amsterdam is looking for revenge after the lost semi-final of last season against FC Utrecht (2-0).

"We want to play the final. Last year's elimination against FC Utrecht still hurts a bit in the stomach, so it has to be different this time", Ten Hag said on Tuesday at his press conference prior to Wednesday's semi-final on a visit to sc. Heerenveen.

"Both matches can be compared with each other. Utrecht and Heerenveen are both sub-top players. For some players it is the only chance in their lives to win a prize. That unleashes other forces. In Heerenveen it has not been about anything else lately. . "

Ten Hag is going to draw up his strongest team.

He does not take into account that Dusan Tadic, Edson Alvarez, Perr Schuurs are suspended for a possible final with a yellow card.

Nicolas Tagliafico, Devyne Rensch (both suspended) and Noussair Mazraoui (injured) are not available against Heerenveen.

"We have a selection that should be able to compensate for the absence of those three. For the right back position it will be between Timber and Klaiber. They have different qualities, both good. Then you start looking at what more is needed. Klaiber has not played much, though. lately, but he's in top shape. "

`` Quarrel between Tadic and Dumfries has not gone unnoticed ''

Ten Hag was also once again asked for his opinion about the quarrel between Tadic and Denzel Dumfries during Sunday's top match at PSV (1-1) in the Eredivisie.

The captains scolded each other around the late penalty kick from Ajax and had to be kept apart by teammates.

"Of course that has not been left undiscussed in recent days, but after that you also move on quickly. In football, emotions sometimes run high, it is not checkers or chess. That is also necessary to achieve top performances."

sc Heerenveen-Ajax will start on Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the empty Abe Lenstra Stadium and will be led by referee Bas Nijhuis.

The winner will take on Vitesse or VVV-Venlo in the final in De Kuip, who will face each other in the Gelredome on Tuesday.

View the program and the results in the KNVB cup