Trainer Erik ten Hag does not think that Ajax will benefit much from the personnel problems at AS Roma in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The Italians are expected to miss several permanent employees in the first meeting on Thursday.

According to Italian media, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Chris Smalling and Stephan El Shaarawy, among others, must pass the first leg anyway.

Former Feyenoord Rick Karsdorp is missing due to a suspension in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

"I have briefly looked at the selection of AS Roma and there are 25 top players in it", Ten Hag said on Wednesday at his press conference about the personnel problems with the opponent on Thursday.

"They have so many options, that there are always good players and therefore a good team on the field."

"AS Roma has very attractive players and is an attractive team that wants to win in a certain way. I expect a very nice match, although you never know with Italians. Atalanta (opponent of Ajax in the Champions League group stage, ed.) second match in Italian. We have to be prepared for that. It will be very important to keep the zero anyway. "

Stephan El Shaarawy is probably missing against Ajax.

Stephan El Shaarawy is probably missing against Ajax.

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'We will not fall through the lower limit if we do not play well'

Ajax was unable to win the last ten duels with Italian clubs on its own soil, but the team from Amsterdam is in excellent shape at the moment.

The last defeat of Ajax in an official match dates from December 9, 2020 against Atalanta (0-1) in the group stage of the Champions League.

"We are not so concerned with unbeaten games, but it can come alive when such a series is established", says Ten Hag, who is impressed by the resilience of his team this season.

"Even if we don't play well, this team always manages to win because of the good winning mentality and the willingness to help each other. As a result, we do not fall through the bottom line if we don't play well."

Ten Hag does not fear a relapse due to Blind's absence

Ten Hag is therefore not afraid that Ajax will lose momentum now that Daley Blind has been eliminated for the rest of the season.

The defender recently suffered a serious ankle injury in the World Cup qualifying match between Orange and Gibraltar (0-7).

"We have to continue on the same footing and keep winning. We did that when André Onana (suspension, ed.) And Sébastien Haller (not eligible to play in the Europa League, ed.) And now also at Daley. players, but we show that we can win with other players and play good football, "said Ten Hag.

The first match between Ajax and AS Roma starts on Thursday at 9 p.m. in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

It is still uncertain whether Maarten Stekelenburg is fit enough to take action.

The 38-year-old goalkeeper dropped out injured in the warm-up for the away game against sc Heerenveen on Sunday.

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