Feel-good Feyenoord head for Venlo

Although Ronald Koeman could only work with a small part of his squad last week due to the international fixture list, he was able to look back on a constructive period. That had everything to do with the positive experiences the players who were away playing for their country brought back with them to De Kuip. ‘All the lads who played internationals returned with a good feeling,’ explained Koeman, who referred to victories for the Dutch full and U21 teams. ‘It’s now important that we immediately concentrate on the game this Sunday against VVV-Venlo.’

Koeman was especially complementary about Bruno Martins Indi’s performances for the full Dutch squad. ‘I’m proud of the way he manifested himself in the two past internationals. At the same time I’m not surprised by his performances. He has the potential to become much better still. He played a big game like Romania with a great deal of confidence, which deserves a compliment.’
Koeman is hoping his squad will be able to retain the good feeling from the international week against VVV-Venlo. The statistics suggest coming away with all three points that will be no mean feat. Feyenoord last won in Venlo in 1991. ‘It’s strange that we win so few games there,’ admitted the Feyenoord coach. ‘It seems there are certain opponents that suit this club less well. On the other hand, every run has to come to a halt some time, so let’s try to end that negative sequence now.’
The game at VVV is Feyenoord’s final game before the home match against Ajax next Sunday, but Koeman was unwilling to spend too much time on that fixture on Friday. ‘We will be going for three points this Sunday; this is the challenge for me as coach. The game after that is easier for me as a coach because I don’t have to motivate anyone for that one.’
Koeman will have to do without Stefan de Vrij in Venlo. The defender is still on his way back from a hamstring injury. Ruben Schaken is also unavailable, but Joris Mathijsen has recovered from a hamstring problem of his own and will play if selected. John Goossens is named in the squad for the first time. The midfielder has recovered from a knee injury and will take his place among the substitutes.
Probable team: Lamprou; Janmaat, Martins Indi, Mathijsen, Nelom; Leerdam, Immers, Clasie; Verhoek, Pellè, Fernandez.
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