Sunday 24 November at 12:30 hour


RKC Waalwijk



Koeman: ‘We have to take our chances’

RKC Waalwijk have earned just nine points in the Eredivisie this season, but Ronald Koeman expects his side will have a fight on their hands this Sunday when the clubs go head to head. ‘You don’t just go to RKC and win,’ said the Feyenoord coach, speaking at De Kuip on Friday afternoon. ‘They don’t have the biggest pitch, so they can play a compact game. We will have to play well and take our chances in front of goal to get the win.’

Koeman: ‘We have to take our chances’

Including the away game at RKC, there are five league games to go for Feyenoord this calendar year. Koeman cautiously looked ahead to explain what he expects. It’s important to put a good run together up to the winter break. We don’t have an easy programme, but there’s not much separating the clubs in the league. If we put together a good run we can climb to the position we want to be in.’

Koeman is confident his side can do just that. ‘That’s also because I haven’t seen any teams in the league that are better than we are. I couldn’t name another club at the moment where I would have more opportunities as a coach. On the other hand, the reality is that we have earned five or six points less than we should have. That concerns me too. We let in a lot of sloppy goals, for instance. That also has to do with the leadership on the pitch.’

For Ronald Koeman Sunday’s game is even more tasty because he locks horns with his brother Erwin. ‘It’s still special,’ said the coach. ‘In the days leading up to a game like this we don’t speak. We drink a cup of coffee before the game, but when the first whistle goes my only hope is that he’ll lose.’

For the left back position, Koeman will choose between John Goossens and Terence Kongolo, as Bruno Martins Indi and Miquel Nelom are both unfit. Martins Indi is yet to fully recover from a muscle strain, while Nelom has a thigh problem. ‘We have trained with both John and Terence in that position,’ said Koeman. ‘For me it’s a choice between a defensive player or a more attack-minded one.’

RKC Waalwijk – Feyenoord
Sunday 24 November, 12.30 at the Mandemakers Stadion
Referee: Vink

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