In Amsterdam the general feeling is that a win against Feyenoord will see the end of the Rotterdammers’ title aspirations. Many in Rotterdam would share that idea.
Journalists have painted Feyenoord as the favourites, but Bert van Marwijk wasn’t having any of that at the Friday press conference. ‘It seems we wouldn’t even be the underdogs if we were twelfth. In reality we have to do everything right if we are to have a chance of victory. But we will do everything we can, because we have to win. If we lose we’ll be 10 points behind Ajax and maybe 12 behind PSV. We’ll never give up, but the gap will be very big. So we’ll have to go for the win.’
Van Marwijk was not ready to talk about tactics. ‘Do you think you’d get any answers from Ajax about tactics? I’d rather keep my gameplan to myself.’
It does look like Robin van Persie and Thomas Buffel will start however, with Sebastián Pardo probably missing out. Just who gets the leftback jersey is uncertain, but Patrick Paauwe will be hoping to shake off a knock and take his place at kickoff. If he doesn’t Tomasz Rzasa is the alternative.
HOLLAND CASIO EREDIVISIE
SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2003
Venue: Amsterdam Arena
The probable teams
Lobont; Trabelsi, Pasanen, Chivu en Van Damme; De Jong (Boukhari), Sneijder en Maxwell; Pienaar; Ibrahimovic (Mido) and Van der Meyde.
Lodewijks; Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer en Paauwe (Rzasa); Kalou, Bosvelt, Ono en Van Persie; Buffel and Van Hooijdonk.
6/10/2002 Feyenoord 1 - 2 Ajax
26/8/2001 Feyenoord 1 - 2 Ajax
10/12/2000 Feyenoord 3 - 1 Ajax
23/4/2000 Feyenoord 1 - 1 Ajax
20/12/1998 Feyenoord 1 - 1 Ajax
3/3/2002 Ajax 1 - 1 Feyenoord
13/5/2001 Ajax 3 - 4 Feyenoord
10/9/1999 Ajax 2 - 2 Feyenoord
2/5/1999 Ajax 6 - 0 Feyenoord
14/4/1999 Ajax 2 – 1 Feyenoord