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Feyenoord full of confidence ahead of big match at PSV

Feyenoord can do their Eredivisie prospects no end of good at the Philips Stadium on Sunday. Should the Rotterdammers secure a win against PSV they will extend their lead over the reigning champions to seven points after just four matches. ‘That would be early in the season and it is an extra motivation to win in Eindhoven,’ said head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon. ‘Extra, because we start every match aiming to win and that will be no different against PSV.’

Feyenoord full of confidence ahead of big match at PSV
“Nine points from the first three matches has given the team a boost”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Van Bronckhorst did not particularly want to put too much stress on the fact that PSV have been held to two draws in three matches at the start of the Eredivisie season. ‘Because they could just as easily have won those matches. PSV are champions and they are a team that know each other pretty well. There have not been too many changes to the starting eleven and in Maxime Lestienne they have a new player who can make a difference. Clearly it’s tough playing against such a good team. On the break PSV are the most dangerous team in the Netherlands. We have to make sure we are ready. I have the feeling that we are.’ 

Ahead of the first big test of the new campaign Feyenoord’s head coach spoke about the preseason, which did not go well for Feyenoord. ‘A win against FC Utrecht was always going to help us and that has proven to be the case. Nine points from the first three matches has given the team a boost. Obviously we are still growing as a team and we have to play better, but we now have a solid team that is hard to beat.’ 

Van Bronckhorst was unwilling to say too much about how his team will play in Eindhoven, but the new arrivals this summer do given him quite a few options. ‘We have been able to make a difference in the last twenty minutes in each of the recent matches, not least because of the players we have been able to bing on off the bench. That shows the strength of our squad.’ 

An example is Eric Botteghin, who impressed on his debut against Vitesse when he came on as a substitute after Van Bronckhorst was forced to take off Rick Karsdorp, who injured his groin. ‘Eric was immediately up to speed. Sometimes it can take a new player a bit of time to get used to playing at De Kuip, but he took it all in his stride. I’m happy he’s playing for Feyenoord.’

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