Saturday 13 September at 20:45 hour - De Kuip, Rotterdam




Willem II

Great when matches come thick and fast, says Rutten

Saturday evening’s home match against Willem II is the first in a rush of fixtures for Feyenoord. The Eredivisie head-to-head with the Tilburg outfit kicks off a series of seven in 23 days for Fred Rutten’s side, with more league games interspersed with KNVB Cup and Europa League ties. ‘Wonderful, eh?’ asked a smiling Feyenoord coach during Friday’s press conference at De Kuip. ‘It’s great for both me and the players to be able to work on such a cycle.’

Great when matches come thick and fast, says Rutten
“‘In putting together our current squad we gave consideration to a rhythm of league and European matches’”
Fred Rutten

While Rutten is sure his men have the mental and physical resilience to get through what will be a busy period, he also understands that it takes time to get their system up and running, especially with the arrival of a number of new players. ‘Playing a lot of matches in a short space of time is normally easier for a team that’s used to playing with each other. Our performances have shown that’s not yet the case with us. That said, I’m totally confident we will make progress there.’
Surveying the squad post transfer window it’s clear that Rutten now has plenty of options. ‘In putting together our current squad we gave consideration to a rhythm of league and European matches,’ explained the coach. ‘We need everyone over the coming period. That also requires a certain acceptance from players, if someone doesn’t get to play occasionally. That’s part of football of the highest level. Plus there are no big differences in quality within our squad in my view.’
Ahead of the visit of Willem II Rutten was pleased to see Karim El Ahmadi return to Rotterdam in tip-top condition after the international break with the Morocco national side. The midfielder is ready to make his second bow in a Feyenoord shirt. ‘Colin Kazim-Richards is also getting fitter and fitter,’ said Rutten, who otherwise had no great changes to announce in his team compared to the most recent Eredivisie fixture. ‘In terms of how we play we have to build on the FC Twente game and ensure we have the three points after ninety minutes.’
The coach finished by saying that Jordy Clasie would not play on Saturday. His captain is following a special programme and has been given some time off. ‘We’re getting him ready for next Thursday’s European tie against Sevilla.’

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