Feyenoord rested and ready for big week
The weekend’s nuclear summit in The Hague left Feyenoord without a match last Sunday, which means Ronald Koeman’s side have had a fortnight to prepare for what will be a big week for the club in the Eredivisie. It kicks off on Sunday with the home match against Go Ahead Eagles, ahead of an away fixture against Heracles Almelo on Wednesday evening. The third match in eight days is scheduled for next Sunday, another home fixure, this time against RKC Waalwijk. ‘We have been able to enjoy a weekend off and now we’re ready to get going again in the league,’ said Koeman on Friday afternoon.
If it had been up to the coach Feyenoord would have played their game last weekend. He bases his preference on performances in the last two matches against FC Groningen and sc Heerenveen, both of which Feyenoord won 2-0. ‘If you are in form you really want to keep it going,’ said Koeman. ‘Now we have a tough week ahead of us with three matches in a short space of time.’
Feyenoord have six matches to go this season and the goal is clear – second place in the league. ‘All things being equal, second is the best we can do. Depending on the result of the match between Ajax and FC Twente (which kicks off at 2.30 pm on Sunday, ed.) there might be another possibility, but we don’t have everything in our own hands. We’re assuming that second place is the best we can do, but if things turn out differently, great.’
The only thing Feyenoord can do is play well and pick up the points in the next six matches, starting with the home game against Go Ahead Eagles. ‘That team has been playing freely all season,’ said Koeman. ‘Go Ahead Eagles have a clear game plan and they play to their strengths. That said, they will not travel to De Kuip with an easy mind. But I do expected our opponents to adapt to us.’
It is still unclear whether Koeman will be able to call upon Joris Mathijsen on Sunday. The defender left Friday training with a calf problem. John Goossens is certainly ruled out with a hamstring injury. Graziano Pellè will miss the third game of a four match ban.