DIAMOND GEEZER STARTS POLISHING HIS GEMS

Feyenoord coach Ruud Gullit was happy after seeing his experimental formation create a lot of chances in preseason’s first test against Arminia Bielefeld Tuesday. The game in Weiler saw the Rotterdammers play with a midfield diamond. ‘You saw that players had to get used to it. That’s logical. But once they’ve done that and it starts to run smoothly it’s a system that opponents find difficult to play against,’ said Gullit, while stressing that he isn’t yet ready to commit to the diamond wholesale.

Gullit was upbeat about his team’s display. ‘I saw good football in fits and starts. And I’m obviously happy with the win. It was a practice match, but practice matches are shown on Dutch TV. Hopefully this will give the team an extra push in the right direction and we’ll be able to continue in the way we’re working now.’

The coach was less cheerful about the two goals Feyenoord conceded. ‘We gave them away far too easily. And sometimes we played offside when it was just not on. The lack of communication due to the language problem because of Fernandez’s presence will have been a factor.’

Gullit also maintained that Shinji Ono is happy at the club and does not want to go anywhere. Dutch periodical Sportweek published an article suggesting that the Japanese was looking to exit De Kuip. ‘I spoke with Shinji. He told me that he did not want to leave Feyenoord. For me that’s the end of the matter.’

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