Ajax coach Ten Haag has compared his Ajax team to Chelsea.
“First, last year was last year. We are building a new team and developing a new team,” he said. “Now we have to step up and become better. Sometimes you fall down but you also have to step up again and be better, develop. That’s only possible when you play out of your philosophy and have an attitude to be better every day.
“We kind of have the philosophy of Chelsea, when I see them and their football philosophy. They want to play football, want to play in the opponents’ half and they want to press high and stay in the opponents’ half, which is pretty similar to Ajax.
“We are self-aware, brave and we have faith in ourselves, but Ajax is not a favourite against big clubs from the Premier League.
“Winning is always our goal, but if it appears that a draw is the maximum result, we will do everything to get a draw.”
Asked if there was any truth to the rumours linking him with Stamford Bridge vacancy earlier this year, Ten Hag replied: “No, I only focus on Ajax. No, no truth.”