Ajax manager Erik ten Hag insists victory is a must at AEK Athens, regardless of the result between Bayern Munich and Benfica
The Dutch giants can book their spot in the Champions League knockout stages tonight for the first time in 13 years by winning in Greece.
Currently, Ajax are second in Group E and four points above third-place Benfica with two matches left.
Therefore, Ajax’s passage to the last-16 will be confirmed by either beating Athens or Benfica failing to beat Bayern in Germany in a game two hours later.
“We want to win, so that we’re not dependent on what other teams do”, Ten Hag told reporters on the club website.
“It would have been nice to start at the same time. But that’s not the way it is, so we need to accept it.
“Our approach is the same: we want to win, so that we’re not dependent on what other teams do.”
The Dutch coach also dismissed concerns over Hakim Ziyech and Nico Tagliafico’s absences at Athens tonight.
The Athens-Ajax match will begin tonight at 18:55 (CET).