Ajax Manager Erik Ten Hag Gives Perfect Response To Mauricio Pochettino's 'Unfair' Comment
Ahead of Ajax's visit to Tottenham on Tuesday night, Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that his opponents have an "unfair" advantage ahead of the Champions League semi-final.
Pochettino believes the Dutch side are in the driving seat after the Eredivisie was postponed to help Erik ten Hag's side prepare for the fixture.
Ajax were due to play De Graafschap on Sunday, 28 April before traveling to London to face Spurs but football chiefs cancelled a full round of games in a bid to aid Ajax's chances in Europe's elite club competition.
"The reality is they are going to have more time to prepare and avoid risk." Pochettino said ahead of the tie.
"When you play Saturday and then Tuesday, the concentration and effort is massive. They are going to avoid risks that we take."
"It's not a complaint. Only that it is not fair. I don't want to create a polemic, only that playing a Champions League semi-final, both teams must have the same time to prepare."
ahh, because having a billion more on the bank isn't unfair at all.- bastiaan :syringe: (@FrenkieDeYoung) April 26, 2019
Stop crying, Pochettino. pic.twitter.com/W1tJiEfpDQ
It didn't take long for Ajax manager Erik ten Hag to respond to the Tottenham boss' claims, suggesting that TV money from the Premier League may actually be seen as the "unfair" advantage:
"We get €10 million for playing in the Eredivisie and they get many more millions for being in the Premier League. Is that not unfair on us?" he said via The Daily Mail.
"There are always differing circumstances. Everybody has different circumstances. You just have to deal with them. That's what we do."
Is he right, here?
Erik ten Hag: "The entire squad is super-fit and very hungry. Everyone is looking fresh. Tottenham missing players? The truth lays on the pitch. We will stick to our philosophy and play our own game tomorrow, no matter what." pic.twitter.com/GpHzZqSlVi- AFC Ajax :dizzy: (@TheEuropeanLad) April 29, 2019
Of course, Spurs fell to defeat against West Ham at the weekend and now face the talented Dutch outfit in the Champions League this evening after just a two full day break.
But do you think this is an unfair advantage?
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