The good run has steadied the ship with the furore around the club’s management dying down latterly. The coach is fully aware of the fickleness of the press however. ‘One week we should be worried about attaining European football, the next we should be looking towards a Champions League spot. But the prizes are only shared out at the end of the race. For now we just have to look at ourselves. The match against Roda JC is very important.’
Van Marwijk knows what he can expect Sunday. ‘Roda have a very good team. Fairly steady, in an authentic 4-4-2 system. Up front they have two very fast guys, including Arouna Kone. He is really a very good player.’
The Rotterdammers began their unbeaten run when Hossam Ghaly came into the side, which is a striking fact. Striking enough to lead Van Marwijk to leave Alfred Schreuder on the bench, despite the fact that the midfield is fully recovered from an ankle strain. The Egyptian has become an important man in the team alongside Shinji Ono. His game is characterized by strength and drive, tempered with suppleness and beauty, and it’s no secret that his team mates are pleased to have him in the side. Who knows, perhaps he’s Feyenoord’s lucky charm.
HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE, SUNDAY 28 MARCH 2004
Kick-off: 2.30 pm
Venue: De Kuip
Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg, Paauwe, Mtiliga; Smolarek, Ono, Ghaly, Lurling; Buffel, Kuyt.
Kujovic; Senden, Brouwers, Luijpers, Filipovoc; Sonko, Van Dijk, Vicelich, Van Dessel; Kone, Redan.