While the bank manager would prefer a second-place finish in the Eredivise, Bert van Marwijk and his men want silverware, and tonight’s Amstel Cup round of eight tie with Vitesse at the Kuip is route one. ‘The cup is important to the squad. It is the only real trophy we have a genuine chance of winning.’ The prize is a home semifinal against outgoing champions Ajax.

Lady luck has smiled on Feyenoord in this season’s cup campaign, with a sequence of home ties. That said, Van Marwijk is not so sure the Kuip factor is such an advantage. ‘So far this season none of the tope three have beaten another top-three club at home. And if we beat Vitesse, we’ll have to play Ajax and PSV in the Kuip.’ The coach will be monitoring the health of his squad right up to kickoff Wednesday. ‘There’s a virus in the group, stomach flu of some kind. Paul Bosvelt lost five kilo in a couple of days, Shinji is still in bed and Acuña is nowhere near fit. I hope that’s all there’ll be, but someone new seems to be affected every day. I’m curios to see who I have available Wednesday.’ If the bug keeps it’s head down Wednesday then Van Marwijk will have to make only one change to the team that scraped past NAC Sunday, as Bosvelt comes in for Acuña. In that scenario Chris Gyan plays and Brett Emerton remains in midfield. ‘That is an option,’ confirmed the coach, who revealed that Song would not start, despite his weekend return. ‘He hasn’t built up sufficient rhythm, though I do agree that he did well against NAC. But that was down to necessity, normally he wouldn’t even have been in the squad.’ AMSTEL CUP QUARTERFINAL Wednesday 5 March 2003 FEYENOORD-VITESSE Venue: the Kuip Kickoff: 8.45 pm Probable teams FEYENOORD Lodewijks; Gyan (Acuña), Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Paauwe; Kalou, Bosvelt, Emerton, Van Persie; Buffel and Van Hooijdonk VITESSE: Jevric; Cornelisse, Jansen, Stefanovic, Dingsdag; Claessens, Van Halst (Levchenko), Janssen, Sone; Mbamba and Amoah. The history 17/11/2001 Feyenoord 3-2 Vitesse 20/12/2000 Feyenoord 2-0 Vitesse 12/10/1999 Feyenoord 0-0 Vitesse 23/5/1999 Feyenoord 2-1 Vitesse 10/3/1999 Feyenoord 2-1 Vitesse 19/10/2002 Vitesse 1-1 Feyenoord 17/2/2002 Vitesse 2-1 Feyenoord 4/3/2001 Vitesse 0-0 Feyenoord 13/2/2000 Vitesse 3-3 Feyenoord 13/12/1998 Vitesse 1-1 Feyenoord
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