Feyenoord earned their third Johan Cruijff Shield win in their history in Eindhoven on Saturday evening. Head coach Giovann...
After the unacceptable incidents in the home Uefa Cup defeat to Sporting in midweek Ruud Gullit will no doubt be glad to get back to football matters, when Feyenoord play host to RBC Roosendaal in the Eredivisie Sunday afternoon. For the coach the message is crystal-clear: he expects a fourth straight Eredivisie win. ‘We have to get over the elimination. We are still in the cup and we have to keep winning in the league.’
The Feyenoord coach didn’t get a lot of sleep Thursday night after a disappointing European evening, but Gullit did find something positive
about the performance when he faced the media at the weekly De Kuip
press call Friday. ‘I was happy that the lads, in spite of everything
that happened that evening, fought on when 2-0 down and even scored.
They deserved it. But there were too few players in form to beat
Sporting. The game was decided by details and certain decisions were
punished. We had the occasions and the opportunities to come back, but
didn’t managed it.’
Out of Europe and trailing by some way in the Eredivisie, Feyenoord
would appear to have just one thing left in their season: the Amstel
Cup. Gullit certainly thinks so. ‘That’s why it’s important to continue
our good form in the league. But we already have to focus on next
season. The next few weeks are already oriented to that. We’ll have to
see who’s coming and who’s going. But we haven’t finished battling yet.
We’re still in the quarterfinal of the cup.’
The remit against RBC is a three-point return. Gullit is most likely to
go after them with the same eleven that rolled over FC Utrecht.
Alexander Östlund has shaken off the flu and will take over from Gianni
Zuiverloon, who has deputised with assuredness in recent weeks.
Upfront the coach is faced with the same dilemma as he had midweek.
That time he chose Salomon Kalou over Danko Lazovic, as the Serb sat on
the bench for the first time since 23 January. Gullit was hoping that
Kalou would give him a bit of magic, but the young sorcerer wasn’t able
to conjure up a goal. ‘He ended up playing against himself more than
against Sporting,’ was Gullit assessment. ‘At those times Lazovic is
more aware of the team and keeps on battling. But I’m not saying which
of the two I’ll be playing on Sunday.’
2.30 pm, Sunday 27 February 2005 at De Kuip
Feyenoord: Lodewijks; Östlund, Saidi, Gibbs, Basto; Castelen, Paauwe,
Hofs, Goor; Kuy, Lazovic (Kalou).
RBC: Friebel (Aerts); Loran, Molenaar, Hesp, Lammens; Fortes Rodriguez,
Oliseh, Smolders, De Lange; De Groot, Hammond.
5/10/2003 Feyenoord – RBC Roosendaal 2-0
27/4/2003 Feyenoord – RBC Roosendaal 1-0
2/11/2000 Feyenoord – RBC Roosendaal 5-1
25/9/2004 RBC Roosendaal – Feyenoord 0-4
9/5/2004 RBC Roosendaal – Feyenoord 1-4
28/9/2002 RBC Roosendaal – Feyenoord 4-2
27/5/2001 RBC Roosendaal – Feyenoord 0-1