Dordrecht game overture to tough run-in
As the Eredivisie enters the decisive stage of the season, Feyenoord can look forward to a testing run-in in the hunt for direct qualification for next season’s European competitions. The first stop on that journey is nearby Dordrecht coming Sunday, where the league’s bottom club await. It’s the prelude to the final seven games of the season, which will challenge Fred Rutten’s squad to the max. ‘It’s important precisely in this phase to live from game to game,’ said the coach at De Kuip on Friday.
Taking three points from FC Dordrecht looks relatively doable, but Feyenoord are determined not to take their opponents lightly. ‘That’s also because this is a minor derby,’ explained Rutten. ‘There are often different things to consider than in other games. And that’s also why we are approaching this game like any other. We are going to Dordrecht to secure three points.’
Rutten will hope that his side can continue on where they left off last week, when NAC Breda were brushed aside (3-0). ‘We were perhaps not at our most brilliant, but I was satisfied with the second half especially. I saw the team I want to see in the second half.’
Sunday’s game comes too soon for Jean-Paul Boëtius. The striker went off injured in Feyenoord/Excelsior development team’s match against their peers from sc Heerenveen on Monday. Rutten is counting on Boëtius being back into contention for next week’s big game against PSV. Colin Kazim-Richards remains unavailable due to a hamstring injury.
While Boëtius and Kazim-Richards are missing up top, Miquel Nelom could return at the back. Nelom has trained with the rest of the squad in recent days after missing the NAC game due to injury.