Rutten wary of Go Ahead threat
The stats would suggest that Feyenoord have nothing to fear from Go Ahead Eagles when the clubs clash on Sunday. The Deventer outfit have lost the last seven Eredivisie matches and they have never beaten Feyenoord at De Kuip. Yet coach Fred Rutten is not taking anything for granted. ‘When you’re fighting for your life you’re capable of anything,’ ponded Rutten on Friday. ‘And surprising results are part and parcel of this end of the season.’
With that in mind, the Feyenoord coach demands complete concentration from his team against a club that are currently second bottom of the Eredivisie. ‘If we’re not fully focused we’ll stumble. And we cannot afford to stumble, especially at this stage of the campaign.’
Feyenoord showed exactly what not to do last week against Willem II. ‘Our performance three wasn’t substandard, but we were not completely focused.’ That resulted in two vital points being dropped (2-2) and an end to any realistic dreams of second place.
That means that securing third place is the main goal over the coming weeks. Feyenoord can take a big step towards that on Sunday, although they may have to do so without Lex Immers. The midfielder has knee problems. Then again, Khalid Boulahrouz may return to the match-day squad after completing training with the group on Friday.