Ten Hag’s home success within the Netherlands gave him the chance to check himself as a coach at Champions League stage, and in doing so he’s gained loads expertise of going through groups from the Premier League… in fairly eventful vogue.
In an unbelievable first full season in control of Ajax, 2018/19, whereas profitable the Dutch league-and-cup double, Ten Hag additionally took his group on an electrical run to the semi-finals of the Champions League, the place they confronted Tottenham Hotspur, managed by Mauricio Pochettino on the time. Ten Hag oversaw a 1-0 win in north London within the first leg and appeared to be into the ultimate – and chasing a Treble – at 2-0 up within the second leg, just for Lucas Moura to attain a second-half hat-trick to sensationally win it for Spurs.
The next marketing campaign, Ten Hag locked horns with Chelsea, coached by Frank Lampard, within the group levels. His Ajax group had been overwhelmed 1-0 within the Netherlands by the Blues, earlier than Erik noticed one other first-hand instance of the sturdiness of Premier League opposition, together with his group 4-1 up at Stamford Bridge solely to be pegged again to 4-4.
In 2020/21, the English classes continued, this time in opposition to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who earned slim 1-0 victories each residence and away in opposition to Ajax.