Erik ten Hag has silent hope that FC Midtjylland can give Ajax a helping hand in the group stage of the Champions League. The team from Amsterdam themselves play at Anfield against Liverpool, but that result is not of great importance if Atalanta in Denmark ‘just’ wins from the bottom of the league.
“FC Midtjylland has delivered a good performance against Liverpool and in the matches against us. They could just cause a surprise,” Ten Hag said at his press conference at Anfield on Monday evening.
Liverpool is currently in the lead with nine points in group D, followed by Ajax and Atalanta (seven points each). The fifth round does not seem to play a major role for the team from Amsterdam in the battle for wintering, because they have to play at home against Atalanta next week.
Still, Ajax can create a good starting position for that final game on Tuesday. If Ten Hag’s team remains in the same number of points with Atalanta or even has more points, a (small) draw in the Johan Cruijff ArenA will soon be enough for a ticket for the eighth finals. Otherwise Ajax must win the final match anyway.
“It is true that there is a chance that a point against Liverpool will not lead to anything for the standings in the group. We will keep an eye on the standings in Bergamo, but the most important thing is that we focus on our own game”, Ten Hag emphasized.
The match between Liverpool and Ajax starts on Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Anfield and is led by German referee Tobias Stieler. The other game in group D between Atalanta and FC Midtjylland in Bergamo also starts at 9 p.m.
Stand in group D.
- 1. Liverpool 4-9 (+6)
- 2. Ajax 4-7 (+2)
- 3. Atalanta 4-7 (+1)
- 4. FC Midtjylland 4-0 (-9)
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