Feyenoord determined to protect unbeaten record against Heracles
Feyenoord approach Sunday’s home game against Heracles Almelo full of confidence. Based on the stats, Ronald Koeman's side has every reason to do so, because the visitors have never won at De Kuip in thirteen attempts. And on average Feyenoord have scored more than four goals a game in that series.
Feyenoord were sloppy in dropping two points last week at Go Ahead Eagles and that has certainly left its mark on the squad in the run-up to Sunday’s match. Feyenoord played well in Deventer, but a last-minute equaliser from the home side was a big blow. ‘It’s only logical that there was a lot of dissatisfaction in the team after that game,’ explained Koeman during the Friday afternoon press call at De Kuip. ‘That said, it was our best game of the season from a footballing point of view.’
One of the things that pleased the coach so much was his side’s positional play at De Adelaarshorst stadium, especially in the first half. ‘We were always able to find the free man and we got ourselves in goal-scoring positions on a number of occasions. It’s just that the players should have rewarded themselves and the team better by taking the chances.’
As usual, the squad sat down to watch footage of the game during the week and discuss the performance. When asked, Koeman himself spotlighted Erwin Mulder’s role. The keeper had such a positive impact on the away game against Vitesse, but was not without fault for Go Ahead Eagles’ last-gasp leveller last week. ‘The free kick cannot be allowed to get past the wall like that. You can put the blame at the keeper’s door,’ said Koeman. ‘I’m satisfied with Erwin and I have a lot of confidence in him, but he could assert himself more between the posts, when it comes to communicating with teammates, for example.’
Koeman once more has a full squad to choose from against Heracles Almelo. Samuel Armenteros trained on his own on Friday morning due to a slight knee problem, but his coach expects him to be fit enough to play on Sunday.