Feyenoord full of confidence ahead of Ajax

Ronald Koeman welcomes Ajax to De Kuip for the third time as Feyenoord coach on Sunday and he’ll be defending an unbeaten record. The coach is convinced that his team can get another good result this time round. ‘We are certainly confident enough,’ he said in the Friday afternoon press conference at the stadium. ‘We see this as the biggest game of the year for us. It’s important for us to stay cool.’

Koeman was at the Amsterdam Arena in midweek to see Ajax thump Manchester City in the Champions League. He saw Ajax put in a very good performance against the EPL champions. ‘They earned that result with their own efforts. Although it also had something to do with approach of their opponents, who strangely enough didn’t seem to have plan on the pitch.’
Feyenoord will approach things differently on Sunday, explained Koeman. ‘We will play to a clear plan, as we do every game. What’s more we obviously have experience of beating Ajax.’ Feyenoord won last season’s game 4-2.
Koeman is confident that his team can claim the three points again, although neither of last season’s goal scorers (John Guidetti and Otman Bakkal) are at the club now. ‘We will have different personnel on the pitch, but I don’t see why we cannot do with these players what we did then.’
The players who scored a hat-trick last time around, John Guidetti, will be at De Kuip on Sunday to say his farewells to the fans. Koeman is looking forward to greeting the Swedish striker. ‘It’ll nice to see him again. He did a great deal in a brief period at Feyenoord.’
Koeman will probably have Stefan de Vrij and Ruben Schaken available for Sunday’s game. Both players have recovered from their respective injuries and trained with the rest of the squad behind closed doors on Friday. Kamohelo Mokotjo has also recovered from an ankle injury and he too is available for selection. Erwin Mulder, Sekou Cissé and Terence Kongolo continue to be ruled out.
Probably team: Lamprou; Janmaat, Mathijsen, Martins Indi, Nelom; Leerdam, Immers, Clasie; Schaken, Pellè, Verhoek

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