“I hope we can convince them [the forwards] as they do a lot of work,” Ten Hag explained to club media. “A lot of running.

“Often you see offensive players, they miss, that is what they think, in the offence, the energy. But you can see they put a lot of energy in defence and they get rewarded by scoring goals because we are winning balls high on the pitch. 

“No opponent likes to get beat on the press, in the defending line. I think it’s a big advantage to do that, but you need the whole team.”

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