Time to complete the mission in final home match, says Koeman
Feyenoord will secure a second-place finish in the Eredivisie with victory against sc Cambuur in the final home match of the season on Sunday. It would be mission accomplished for Ronald Koeman after the coach called on his men to get the maximum return from the last eight matches of the season a couple of months ago. ‘If we close out our project successfully on Sunday, we will have the best possible return. Everyone at this club deserves a compliment for that,’ said Koeman at De Kuip on Friday.
The 2-0 win at PSV a couple of weeks ago put Feyenoord in a great position in the race for second. But it was followed by a free weekend due to the cup final. ‘At times like this you do notice that the squad can relax a bit. It’s my job to get them focused again,’ said Koeman, who notes that his men have responded well during the week. ‘We aren’t quite there yet, we realise that. We have the chance to secure second place on Sunday, but like in recent matches we will have to be focused and play well.’
While the stakes are high for Feyenoord on Sunday, opponents Cambuur travel to Rotterdam without a care in the world. The Frisians secured another season in the Eredivisie in the last match with a win against Vitesse and are currently tenth in the table. ‘Cambuur have had a fantastic season,’ noted Koeman. ‘They are free to express themselves, although they have actually been doing that all season. They also play in a recognisable and uninhabited way. It’s won Cambuur a lot of points this season, not least away at PSV and Ajax. We’ll have to be on our guard, but, that said, it takes a team with great pedigree to beat us at De Kuip.’
Koeman, who has already announced his departure at the end of this campaign, is set to take his place on the home bench at De Kuip for the last time. After Friday training a group of older fans who watch every session from the sidelines presented him with some parting gifts.
‘I’m very grateful to them for that,’ said Koeman, who accepted the gifts as a gesture of appreciation and recognition for his work at the club over the past three seasons. ‘It’s this sort of thing as well that makes me realise more and more what a fantastic time I’ve had at Feyenoord. Once they accept you at this club, you remain a Feyenoorder for ever.’
The head coach has a full squad to choose from in his final home match. The only absentee is Lex Immers, who misses the fixture through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card last time out.