AFC Ajax coach Erik ten Hag says that his side’s 1-1 draw with Juventus in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal is a “good result”.
Cristionao Ronaldo put the Italian giants ahead just before half time at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, but the Eredivisie leaders struck back in the opening minute of the second stanza through David Neres. The return leg will be held in Turin next week Tuesday.
“Admittedly, 1-1 at home is not the result you hope for, but it is still a good result," said Ten Hag.
“Last time, we lost the first leg 2-1 at home to Real Madrid and turned that around, so everything is possible.
“We were dominant for large periods of the game, very calm on the ball and had some great scoring opportunities."
Ten Hag added: “Ziyech was in a good position on the edge of the box a few times, so in that situation, you have to pull the trigger. I think it's good that Hakim tries from distance, as he has a fine shot.
“Juventus are capable of very quick transitions to counter, so after every little mistake we made, they'd run at us and become dangerous. That is how the opening goal came about.
“At half-time, I told the lads that we had to keep going, keep the pressure on and force Juventus to make mistakes.
“We put the pressure on and it was effective, as you saw by the number of chances we created."
You can see Ajax in live Eredivisie action on Saturday 13 April when they play host to Excelsior. Fox Sports 2 will have coverage of the match from 18h20.