Feyenoord in the winning mood ahead of Vitesse trip
Fred Rutten takes his side to Arnhem for Sunday’s match against Vitesse on the back of five straight Eredivisie wins and Thursday’s important 2-0 victory over HNK Rijeka in the Europa League. ‘The team is making a good impression,’ confirmed Rutten at De Kuip on Friday. ‘We are making strides in the way we play football.’
The coach immediately added that Feyenoord had only shown that progression in the first forty-five minutes against the Croats. ‘We were a lot less effective in the second half. At times like that you have to have the courage to continue to play and not think the match is over because you are ahead 2-0. If we start doing that better, we can really give our opponents the feeling that they have no chance.’
Feyenoord’s confidence going into the match against Vitesse should be sky-high, bearing in mind that the Rotterdammers are yet to concede a league goal on their travels this season. It’s an achievement that Rutten feels the whole team should take credit for. ‘Everyone is prepared to rectify each other’s mistakes,’ the coach explained. ‘For instance, Lex Immers will clean things up every so often. We attack with eleven men and we defend with eleven men.’
Rutten also complimented Kenneth Vermeer, who has made some very important saves during Feyenoord’s impressive run in recent weeks. The keeper’s good form has also been noted by Guus Hiddink, who called Vermeer up to the Dutch squad for the upcoming friendly against Mexico and European Championship qualifier against Latvia. ‘Looking at his performances you have to say that Kenneth has totally earned it,’ said Rutten.
It is not yet certain whether the coach will be able to call upon Luke Wilkshire for the visit to the Gelredome. The Australian defender was forced off against HNK Rijeka with a hamstring problem on Thursday. If he cannot play, Khalid Boulahrouz or Rick Karsdorp will step in to his position.