Ajax Amsterdam were capable of reaching the Champions League semi finals with a relatively young side under Erik ten Hag. The Dutch coach could form the young team of Ajax into a competitive Champions League side. Therefore, Erik ten Hag utilised several tactical concepts which lent Ajax their dominant style of play.

This tactical analysis depicts the tactical tweaks of Erik ten Hag used at Ajax Amsterdam and therewith explains their secret of success.


Under Erik ten Hag, Ajax set up in a 4-3-3 system. But instead of playing with a single pivot, Ajax deploy a double pivot and one central offensive midfielder in front of that.
Their strongest lineup includes Frenkie de Jong and Lasse Schöne in defensive midfield and Donny van de Beek on the playmaker position.

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Ajax with their typical 4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1 lineup in their Champions League match against Real Madrid.

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