Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has admitted that the defeat to AZ Alkmaar on Sunday was a big blow but is not ready to give up on the Eredivisie title.

Ajax are now five points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven going into the winter break after a 1-0 loss to AZ Alkmaar on Sunday.

After the game, Ten Hag told Fox Sports, “This is annoying, you run into a thump. But you have to continue. We know we can do better. The battle is not over yet and we must continue.”

Ten Hag believes the loss of Hakim Ziyech to injury in the first half was the catalyst for the defeat, “We started the game well. We also had the match under control. Then Hakim had to leave, the rhythm of the game was then interrupted a bit. His calf was good again. We thought he could play, yesterday everything was fine. Then you have to change, which is of course an annoying moment. That broke the match and the rhythm with us. Then AZ prevailed. “

In two weeks, Ajax host PSV and can no longer overtake their rivals with a victory in the Johan Crujff Arena. After the reporter said that Ajax no longer have the title in their hands, Ten Hag responded, “That is true. You have to process that. We have to chase. ”

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