Feyenoord geared up for final week

Feyenoord find themselves on the threshold of a very important week. Ronald Koeman’s team round off the first half of the league campaign with two home games and an away tie in the cup. The outcome of those three matches will have a big impact on the atmosphere at the club going into the winter break. ‘We realise this is an important week for us,’ said the coach Ronald Koeman at De Kuip on Friday afternoon.

Feyenoord are full of confidence going into it. Koeman feels much of that trust is due to how fit the group are. Save the suspended Daryl Janmaat, and the injured Terence Kongolo and John Goossens the coach can call on his whole squad for the visit of ADO Den Haag on Sunday. That includes Erwin Mulder, who returns to the fold after recovering from a foot injury. Joris Mathijsen, who missed the trip to NAC Breda due to illness, is also available for selection. ‘We are in a good position. I don’t feel we are desperate for the winter break to come’, said Koeman. ‘We look fresh and fit.’
That has been plain to see during the week on the training pitch, where a large group has been able to work towards the next few games. Special attention has been given to dead-ball situations. ‘It’s only logical that we’ve discussed corners in particular after last Sunday,’ said Koeman, referring to the two goals conceded in Breda.
The coach also presented a striking statistic: 13 of the 20 goals conceded this season have come from dead-ball situations. ‘That means we have conceded just seven goals from open play, which is very little,’ said Koeman. ‘We are very satisfied about our defensive organisation, but we do have a problem with corners. We’ve worked on that this week and we will try to do better.’
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