‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Proud, happy and relieved were the adjectives that described Romeo Castelen after the Netherlands’ 2-0 triumph against the Czech Republic Wednesday. The striker relived the encounter a day later with a big smile. ‘It was a pleasant and instructive experience. It was brilliant to recover from my injury in time and be able to play in a fantastic squad. I feel great, now we’re going to shine with Feyenoord against FC Twente.’
The young attacker’s performance was characterised by a lack of fear. ‘Understandably,’ proffered Castelen. ‘It’s still football, no matter how important the game is. Anyway, making things happen is my strength, it makes me the footballer I am. If I’m not able to make things happen, I take myself out of the game. Then I don’t add any value to the team.’
‘The medical staff did all they could to get me fit in time. I’m very grateful for that. The other players were asking me whether I would make it. They were sincerely interested. The feeling in the group was fantastic, the players got along with each other well. Of course, it was fantastic to beat such a strong team. It feels great.’