Rutten sees need to refuel fast
Feyenoord arrived at Rotterdam The Hague Airport late on Friday morning after a two-hour flight from the Balkans in the knowledge that the next fixture is just 48 hours away. There will be much disappointment in the camp after the 1-3 reverse at HNK Rijeka, but Fred Rutten understands that his players have to shake off the blues quickly. ‘It’s vital we reload our batteries. We will have to be at the top of our game against Cambuur on Sunday again.’
Rutten realises that the Rijeka game, which was played on a very heavy pitch, took a lot out of his players. ‘It was a big physical challenge, so I’m curious to see how we do on Sunday when we go to Cambuur. It won’t be easy, but we showed we could cope with the rhythm of playing Sundays and Thursdays earlier in the season. That gives me confidence ahead of the next match’
Feyenoord meet a team that are currently third in the Eredivisie, two points ahead of the Rotterdammers, who are eighth. So a win will lift Feyenoord above their opponents in the table. ‘That can be an extra motivating factor,’ said Rutten. ‘Cambuur are an enthusiastic team who are especially strong at home, but, as always, we will be going for the win. Hopefully we can continue our good run in the league.’
There are some question marks over Rutten’s defensive options ahead of the game. It’s still uncertain whether Sven van Beek or Joris Mathijsen will be fit enough to play by Sunday. Luke Wilkshire is also doubtful, after limping out of the Rijeka game at half time with an Achilles tendon problem. ‘I’m very hopeful Luke will be available against Cambuur, but we’re not sure yet,’ admitted Rutten.