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Ajax Amsterdam must change style after Ziyech moves to Chelsea – ten Hag

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Ajax Amsterdam will have to change their playing style after the sale of Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea and the possibility of up to six others leaving before the new season in the Netherlands starts, coach Erik ten Hag said as they began pre-season training.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Champions League – Group H – Lille v Ajax Amsterdam – Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France – November 27, 2019 Ajax coach Erik ten Hag REUTERS/Yves Herman

02 Aug 2020 09:50PM

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AMSTERDAM: Ajax Amsterdam will have to change their playing style after the sale of Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea and the possibility of up to six others leaving before the new season in the Netherlands starts, coach Erik ten Hag said as they began pre-season training.

Ziyech was one of the key figures when Ajax reached the Champions League semi-final last season and also dominated in the Dutch league, but success for the club has meant their players have been in high demand.

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Last season they sold Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus, and in recent days Joel Veltman has gone to Brighton and Hove Albion and Sven Botman to Lille.

It is expected that Andre Onana, Nicolas Tagliafico and Donny van de Beek could also still leave before the new season gets underway next month.

"If you lose players who have had a big influence on the game, the playing style will change," ten Hag told Dutch NOS television on Sunday.

"You lack specific qualities. But of course the intentions remain the same. You should always set the bar higher than lastRead More – Source