Erik ten Hag does not think that he made a tactical mistake at Ajax on Sunday.

Despite an unorthodox line-up, his team won 1-2 against sc Heerenveen, but the Eredivisie leader was clearly looking for the Abe Lenstra Stadium.

In the absence of the long-injured Daley Blind, Ten Hag chose to put the young Devyne Rensch in midfield instead of in the back, where Edson Álvarez and Jurriën Timber were among others.

During the match, he rotated a few times with those players.

"I do not regret my line-up, because I wanted to see this. We have gained certain impressions with this. Normally Rensch is also a lot in midfield, he was trained for that," said Ten Hag in front of the




"It's about what I aim for. That is winning, but I'm also looking further. We have to solve something now that Blind has disappeared for a longer period of time. Let the trainer go ahead. We are going to develop, take this along and then we'll make choices again on Thursday. "

Ajax will face AS Roma in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Thursday during the first quarter-final match of the Europa League.

A week later they travel to Italy for the return.

Edson Álvarez was one of the players who moved from position to position in Heerenveen.

Edson Álvarez was one of the players who moved from position to position in Heerenveen.

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'Mistakes had to do with tempo and mentality'

Ten Hag admitted that Ajax did not reach the usual level in Heerenveen, although he did not think it was necessarily due to Blind's absence.

"He is an incredibly good player and important for our game, but we also played and won a number of games very well without him," said the coach.

"We made a few mistakes that we normally don't make. That was mainly due to the pace and mentality with which the team came on the field."

With the victory in Friesland, Ajax took a new step towards the 35th national title in club history.

The team from Amsterdam still has eleven points ahead of number two PSV, which has also played one more match.

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