‘Pressure is on Dynamo Kyiv’, says Koeman

A 1-0 win on Tuesday night would be enough for Feyenoord to knock out Dynamo Kyiv and book a place in the play-off round of the Champions League. Coach Ronald Koeman is fully aware that it's not an easy ask for his side. ‘But the pressure is on Dynamo Kyiv,’ said Koeman in the prematch press conference at De Kuip on the eve of the game. ‘They have to win, we would like to. On the other hand, nothing is impossible in football. We have a chance of victory, but we have to be at our best.’

The Feyenoord squad will watch last week's first leg in Kyiv again on Monday night. Feyenoord did well for an hour in that game, but ceded the initiative after conceding the first goal. 

‘We will have to maintain the same standard we played at for an hour there for ninety minutes tomorrow,’ admitted Koeman. ‘In that respect tomorrow we will certainly have to do better than last week.’
That said, that first leg in Ukraine has given Koeman a great deal of confidence that his side can finish the job at De Kuip. The coach was surprised in a good way to see how his young team performed in the first hour of the game at the Olympic Stadium. 

‘We obviously have little experience at this level in this team,' he explained. ‘I was curious to see how the players would manage. Bearing in mind we controlled the game for a long time and didn't give any chances away, I could be satisfied.
‘It's important we learn from that game in Kyiv. At the same time, our battle plan tomorrow will be a little different than then, because we have to win now. We'll obviously have to show more initiative than in the away leg.’
On the other hand, Koeman feels that is the biggest threat to Feyenoord in the tie. ‘Dynamo has a lead to defend, so they can wait and see. That means we must not give too much space away by playing compactly and keep a lot of pressure on the ball. If there's too much space they can counterattack quickly and they will create chances.’
Feyenoord – Dynamo Kyiv
Tuesday 7 August at 20:00 at De Kuip
Referee: Antony Gautier (Fra)
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