Feyenoord confident of own strengths against champs

Asked at the Friday afternoon press conference whether Sunday’s match against PSV was do-or-die, Ronald Koeman bluntly affirmed that it was. Victory would take Feyenoord within three points of the current league leaders, whereas a loss would increase the gap between the two clubs to nine points. ‘If we don’t win, the title will be a big ask for us,’ said Koeman. ‘But we are confident that we will win on Sunday and we will emanate that.’

At the same time, Koeman realises that his team will have to perform well to get the better of PSV. The coach is banking on the support of the crowd at De Kuip to tip the balance. ‘They always get behind the team as one and that won’t be any different on Sunday,’ he explained. ‘When the temperature rises at De Kuip it’s generally positive for Feyenoord. Playing here is always hard for opponents. That’s one of the reasons we have remained unbeaten at home for so long.’

That said, last week’s 2-3 loss at PEC Zwolle clearly exposed Feyenoord’s weaknesses. Up front, the forwards let a lot of good chances go begging, while goals from restarts were gifted away at the back. Koeman devoted a lot of time to the problem this week in training.

‘At the end of the day it’s the players who have to do it and get it right on the pitch,’ said Koeman Friday. ‘We have given them the responsibility in part and allowed them to make certain decisions. Hopefully that approach will ensure we deal with dead-ball situations better on Sunday.’

Koeman expects PSV to rely on the speed and individual strengths of their front players. ‘We will concentrate on our own strengths’, he added. ‘Our team likes playing at home. I don’t think PSV will feel confortable when they are standing in the tunnel here on Sunday.’
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