From the 1st till 5th of July 2019, Feyenoord’s International Development coaches Luka Lalić, David Toxopeus and former ...
An irritated Ruud Gullit wasn’t mincing his words after Sunday’s defeat at the hands of FC Groningen. ‘The performance in the second half especially is unacceptable for me. I’m not going to go into details about the steps I’ll be taking, but there will certainly be consequences. After the 2-1 the intent was there, but a genuine willingness was lacking. The enormous disappointment predominantly relates to the “how” and the “why”.’
There was something intangible in the air, feels coach Gullit, even before the match. ‘You can feel it, but you cannot do anything about it. I emphasised it in the pre-match talk. I told everyone what they had to do. But it wasn’t right; I saw that before the match.’
Gullit did identify Feyenoord’s problems in the Groningen box, where the visitors were always first to the ball. Chris Gyan joined the attack regularly and put the ball into the danger zone on many occasions. ‘The ball was never ours and the second ball was always for Groningen. I cannot blame Gyan for that, because he was putting the ball in great. But the people who should have been going for the second ball weren’t. I don’t want to get into details or judge individual players, because I’m speaking in general. I don’t want to take anything away from Groningen, because they played well and won deservedly.'