Last year’s semi-finalists won their first two games in the group stage of the Champions League this season, beating Valancia and Lille, before they lost 1-0 to Frank Lampard’s youthful Chelsea side. Now, the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Daley Blind and Donny Van De Beek will be looking to avenge the defeat in London.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of a training session at Stamford Bridge on Monday, Ten Hag said he believes his players can get a result and that ‘they will go for it’ on Tuesday night.
Ajax will have to visit Chelsea without away fans after Uefa punished the Dutch champions for fan trouble in Valencia. They were fined 50,000 euros due the behaviour of fans during the 3-0 defeat of the Spanish side.
Ajax striker Dusan Tadic said the players will miss the support but it is something they will just have to deal with.
The Champions League tie wasn’t the only focus of the news conference as Ten Hag faced questions over links to his former club Bayern Munich, who sacked manager Niko Kovac on Sunday .
Ten Hag said the Bavarian club is close to his heart, but that he will not be leaving Ajax for the German team this season.