Feyenoord looking to set things right after Amsterdam

With the table-toppers coming to town on Sunday, Ronald Koeman hopes his players have learned something from an extensive analysis of last week’s disappoint 3-0 reverse in the Amsterdam Arena. The loss was a bad way to start the second half of the season and playing and coaching staff have spent a lot of time watching the DVD. ‘During our review it was confirmed once again that, first and foremost, it was self-inflicted,’ said coach Ronald Koeman at the regular press conference at De Kuip Friday lunchtime.

With his side about to lock horns with league leaders FC Twente, Koeman certainly hopes his side has learned something from least weekend’s defeat. ‘The most important lesson is that we have to play as a team and press as a team. We did that well in phases against Ajax, especially at the start, but later on the team got stuck in two minds too much. As a result, the distances were too big on the pitch.’
The coach also notes that his team gave away goals cheaply, while also spurning some huge chances. ‘Even so, I don’t think we were inferior to Ajax,’ opined Koeman. ‘That might sound strange when you’ve lost 3-0, but the game was primarily decided at specific moments. We made too many mistakes.’
Koeman expects his side will show they have learned some lessons against FC Twente on Sunday. The coach and his entourage are fully aware of the strengths of the current Eredivisie leaders. ‘Twente always put you under pressure early on,’ said Koeman. ‘Everyone knows how they usually play. We are in for a tough game whatever happens.’
Feyenoord will run out in front of their home fans for the first time this year without John Goossens or Wesley Verhoek. Both players resumed training last week and both will line up for the Feyenoord/Excelsior development team on Monday, alongside Sekou Cissé.
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