After 10 days of relative calm, Feyenoord get back into the Eredivisie groove Saturday night against De Graafschap. The Rotterdammers travel to the east of the country looking to pick up where they left off before the international calendar got in the way, to record another win in the race for a CL place. Coach Van Marwijk rallied the troops Friday with a warning to step up the pace: ‘The sprint starts here.’

Sometimes a week’s rest is just what you need, but when your team’s scoring so freely and picking up points so easily things are a little different. ‘There nothing to be done about it,’ remarked Bert van Marwijk at the Friday media chat. ‘We’ve had a good time training this week and that is pleasant. But we have to look at it like this: we have put together a good run and Saturday we start on the final sequence. Given our desire to take the second place, it will have to be a long sprint home.’ De Graafschap mightn’t be the team to put a spanner in the works. The Doetinchem outfit have been down in the danger zone for months and recently lost Peter van Vossen. That said, De Graafschap remain a threat as Feyenoord found in a 1-0 reverse at Vijverberg last term. ‘We will be up against a side that looks to have a physical presence and we’ll have to have an answer to that,’ noted Van Marwijk. De Graafschap coach Peter Bosz, an ex-Feyenoorder himself, recently saw Peter van Vossen walk out on the club last week after hearing that he wouldn’t get a new contract, but the Feyenoord connection is still strong, with Jean-Paul van Gastel in defence and Leonardo dos Santos Silva in midfield. The Brazilian is currently on loan to the Eredivisie’s basement club. Holland Casino Eredivise, Saturday 5 April 2003 DE GRAAFSCHAP-FEYENOORD Venue: Vijverberg Kickoff: 7.30 pm Probable teams DE GRAAFSCHAP Wevers – Berck Beelenkamp, Van der Kruis, Van Gastel, Hermans – Leonardo dos Santos, Van Leerdam, Smit (Hertog), Ter Avest – Valeev, Zafarin. FEYENOORD Lodewijks – Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Paauwe – Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono, Van Persie – Buffel, Van Hooijdonk History 25/4/2002 De Graafschap 1-0 Feyenoord 1/10/2000 De Graafschap 1-2 Feyenoord 16/4/2000 De Graafschap 0-1 Feyenoord 7/3/1999 De Graafschap 3-4 Feyenoord 16/11/1997 De Graafschap 0-0 Feyenoord 21/9/2002 Feyenoord 2-0 De Graafschap 15/9/2001 Feyenoord 2-0 De Graafschap 15/4/2001 Feyenoord 1-2 De Graafschap 16/12/1999 Feyenoord 0-0 De Graafschap 8/9/1998 Feyenoord 5-0 De Graafschap 31/8/1997 Feyenoord 2-0 De Graafschap
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