Koeman certainly feels that his team could pull something off at the Amsterdam Arena. First and foremost, he’s hoping they will make a bright start against the Eredivisie champions on their own patch. ‘In the last three games against Ajax in our strong phases we have shown that we can get the upper hand if we chase down our opponents and face up to them,’ he explained.
Koeman feels that is one of the big differences between Feyenoord and Ajax. He feels his side is physically stronger than Frank de Boer’s. ‘Ajax always try to find a footballing solution and in my opinion they sometimes overdo it.’
Koeman’s preferred starting eleven in Amsterdam remained a mystery on Friday. Ruben Schaken and Lex Immers both trained with the rest of the squad after a period on the sidelines due to injury and both are likely to be available for selection. Schaken is completely recovered from groin surgery, while Immers returns after minor hamstring problems.
Feyenoord will train again at De Kuip on Saturday and the session will be open to fans. ‘We have twice gone to Varkenoord for the final session before the game against Ajax, but unfortunately it was not a safe situation there,’ said Koeman. ‘We don’t have the facilities there to hold the final session there with so many supporters. So tomorrow we’ll train in the stadium. We are delighted to have the support of the fans in this session but I was irritated by certain chants last time. I hope we are able to hold a normal session so we can prepare optimally for the big game.’