The Feyenoord coach expects his brother’s Waalwijk outfit to be tough opponents. ‘RKC play compact football and are well organised, as shown by the low number of goals they have conceded up to now. In doing so they make good use of the space they are allowed by the opposition,’ he explained. Be that as it may, the Feyenoord coach feels his side should win the game. ‘We are getting better and better at playing that type of opponents. If we do that again on Saturday, we will show that we have really grown.’
Koeman feels his side have shown real progress this season in the way they play. After the convincing win against AZ last Sunday, the coach even said his side were performing better than they did last season, which was such a successful one. ‘I base that on our strong positional play. In Graziano Pellè we have someone we can play to who will keep hold of the ball, which allows the rest of the team to get up and support him. And players individually are coming into their best form, with Stefan de Vrij and Jordy Clasie as the main examples.’
The most important news of the week was that Jean-Paul Boëtius has extended his contract, agreeing a deal to stay at De Kuip until 2016. ‘It’s a good sign that this type of big talent is staying at the club,’ admitted Koeman. ‘Not every player makes the right choice at such a young age, partly due to the influence of their agent. At Feyenoord young players have a very good chance to develop further.’
Koeman will not be able to call on the services of Erwin Mulder, John Goossens or Sekou Cissé on Saturday night. Mulder and Cissé are expected to return to action for Feyenoord/Excelsior U21s against Ajax U21s on Monday night. The rest of the squad are available.
Probable team: Lamprou; Janmaat, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi; Clasie, Immers, Vilhena; Schaken, Pellè, Boëtius.