‘We want to finish the year well’, says Van Bronckhorst
The final few weeks of Eredivisie football ahead of the winter break kicks off on Sunday when Feyenoord entertain Heracles Almelo, one of the surprise packages of the season. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s have a further two away fixtures in the league before the hibernation, with a home cup game against Willem II also on the schedule. ‘We want to finish the year well so we can go into the second half of the season full of confidence,’ said the head coach on Friday.
Confidence is certainly strong at De Kuip going into a match that pits second versus fourth. Feyenoord are unbeaten at home this season, which helps, but last week’s win at Excelsior, always tough opponents, has given Van Bronckhorst’s men an extra spring in their step.
‘We have discussed some of the less good things from that match this week, as is only to be expected, but at the end of the day the result is what counts,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘We played well for long periods in that match and we created a lot of chances, but we also allowed Excelsior to get back into the match.’
Feyenoord ultimately secured a 4-2 in Kralingen, thanks not least to three goals from striker Michiel Kramer. His coach is happy with the progress the new arrival is making. ‘Michiel is playing at a higher level this season, of course, at a bigger club where there is more pressure. He is learning to cope with that better and better, he’s found some good form in recent weeks. That being said, with him we are giving a lot of attention to the details and we trying to improve the things that are not going well yet as well as the things that are going well.’
Van Bronckhorst hopes that Kramer is able to keep up his good form against Heracles, a club the Feyenoord coach feels are justly occupying fourth place in the table at the moment. ‘Heracles had a tough time of it last season, but this year they’ve started well. They have a number of skilful players in the team. So I’m expecting an attractive match.’
It looks like he will have a full squad to choose from in the quest for another three points. Sven van Beek left training early on Friday, but Van Bronckhorst does expect the defender to be available for selection.