Coach Erwin Koeman was reasonably happy with the four opponents drawn against Feyenoord in the Uefa Cup Tuesday, although he did admit that there are no easy opponents for Feyenoord right now. ‘I think there are groups that are tougher than ours,’ confirmed Koeman. ‘In theory we should be able to finish in the top three.’

Koeman feels French team AS Nancy is the strongest in the group. ‘Nancy is in form. They knocked out Schalke’04, so that says something. French football is at a high level and Nancy is a typically French side. That means technically skilful players, a high-speed game and a strong physical presence. We have to keep in mind PSV, who give a good example in Bordeaux.’
Of the other three opponents, Wisla Krakow are the team that Feyenoord will have to study most. ‘Polish football is having problems at the moment, but I don’t know a great deal more than that. Maybe Leo Beenhakker can give us some pointers,’ said Koeman. The former Feyenoord man is the new head coach of the Polish national team. ‘We will be watching Wisla closely in the coming weeks, as we will the other teams.’
Koeman has a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of Blackburn Rovers and FC Basel. ‘We know Basel from the last match. It’s a team that is stronger at home than away. I don’t mean to suggest that we will waltz over that team by the way, because we won’t. And as for Blackburn Rovers: it could be a good game. The English always want to play football and they always play in a system with two strikers. The re-acquaintance with Brett Emerton gives it a special flavour for us.’

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