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Feyenoord enter last stretch at Groningen

Feyenoord have a busy eight days in front of them, as the first half of the Eredivisie season winds down ahead of the winter break. The Rotterdammers have three matches on the fixture list, the first at FC Groningen on Sunday. It’s been a satisfactory start to the season for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, who are second in the league and in the last 16 of the KNVB cup. ‘It could be a great week,’ said the coach on Friday afternoon. ‘It begins in Groningen, where we want to win.’

Feyenoord enter last stretch at Groningen
“It could be a great week. It begins in Groningen, where we want to win”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Van Bronckhorst will be unable to call upon Eric Botteghin or Simon Gustafson at the Euroborg. The Brazilian was injured in last week’s win against Heracles Almelo, while the Swede is starting a three-match ban after an incident in the same fixture. ‘Simon has been given the punishment he deserves,’ said his coach. ‘He was the one most affected by his actions and he apologised to the team. He said that he will learn from it and he does have to.’

The coach has taken the loss of Botteghin and Gustafson on the chin. ‘We have had few personnel problems this season. Now these two boys are not available – it is what it is. I’m happy with our large squad, which enables us to cope with this. On Sunday two other, also very good, players will start.’

In FC Groningen Feyenoord meet opponents who are undefeated at home in the league this season. Van Bronckhorst said that his side are aware of the strength of Groningen, who have played in the group stages of the Europe League in recent months. ‘That European experiences helps them. Groningen are a good footballing team. We will have to defend ourselves against their strength.’

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