Stakes are high in Sunday’s Holland Casino Eredivisie game when FC Utrecht come to town for the Kuip’s latest sellout. After last week’s no-show against RKC, the Rotterdammers were left licking their wounds and the fans will only be happy with a good display and three precious points. ‘I expect a very motivated Feyenoord. If we play like we’ve been training then there’ll be no problem,’ admitted coach Van Marwijk.

The loss at RKC was hard to swallow for coach Bert van Marwijk. ‘You can always lose, but the way we bailed out Saturday was unacceptable. Normally I never dwell too long on a defeat, but in this case it was good that the hangover lasted a little longer.’ For Van Marwijk Sunday’s game is a test of his side’s motivation. ‘You would think that players know what’s at stake and that they realise what it means to play for this club and wear this shirt. Some players think that they gave their all Saturday, but that’s not so. It’s about them bringing something extra. Okay, we shouldn’t overdramatise things. In two and half years there have only been three games where I’ve felt like that. This year against RBC and RKC and two years ago against RKC, interestingly enough. I was in a much better mood after the defeat against Newcastle United. Then we did our best to get the win and we left the field with our heads held high. Then it’s just a pity, but RKC was a different story altogether.’ Van Marwijk gave no clues about his starting eleven at the Friday press call, but it would be a surprise if Kees van Wonderen doesn’t cap a return to fitness with a recall, even though his replacement Glenn Loovens was one of the better Feyenoorders in Waalwijk. Keeper Patrick Lodewijks certainly does miss the game, so Carlo l’Ami starts at the Kuip for the first time. Sunday 1 December 2002 FEYENOORD-FC UTRECHT Venue: the Kuip Kickoff: 2.30 pm Referee: Luinge Probable team L’Ami; Song, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Lurling; Bombarda, Buffel. The History 28/10/2001 Feyenoord 4-0 FC Utrecht 20/5/2001 Feyenoord 2-2 FC Utrecht 9/4/2000 Feyenoord 1-2 FC Utrecht 11/4/1999 Feyenoord 4-2 FC Utrecht 23/11/1997 Feyenoord 3-1 FC Utrecht 27/1/2002 FC Utrecht 2-2 Feyenoord 29/10/2000 FC Utrecht 1-1 Feyenoord 19/12/1999 FC Utrecht 3-4 Feyenoord 25/10/1998 FC Utrecht 2-3 Feyenoord 8/2/1998 FC Utrecht 2-3 Feyenoord
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