After two weeks of international commitments for both club and country, the Feyenoord squad gets back to home truths Tuesday with a clash that pits them against fellow Rotterdammers Excelsior. Coach Bert van Marwijk for one is fully cognizant of the need for a good performance from his own players against the Eredivisie newcomers. 'It’s gong to be a tough game, because those lads will be looking to show what they can do against Feyenoord.'

Van Marwijk is blessed in the personnel department, albeit that Patrick Paauwe and Bonaventura Kalou were both missing from Monday training. Kalou is stranded in Côte d’Ivoire waiting for a plane, while Paauwe was busy getting married. ‘But he’ll be playing tomorrow. Patrick is professional enough to know what’s expected of him against Excelsior. Kalou is another story. We’re doing everything in our power to get him to Holland with another operator. I cannot say whether we’ll manage it,’ Van Marwijk explained. New recruits Sebastián Pardo, Mariano Bombarda and Chong-gug Song are available, although the coach is unsure whether he’ll use them. 'Bombarda has been here only two weeks and I hadn’t expected him to be as far along as he is. I don’t know whether I’ll include him. The same goes for Pardo. Song only arrived three days ago, so he definitely won’t be involved.' Thomas Buffel is the man most likely to partner Pierre van Hooijdonk up front. After having picked up a point in their first two games, Excelsior know that anything they get from Tuesday’s game is a bonus. 'I would be satisfied with a draw,’ admitted coach Adri Koster. ‘But my players will be very motivated, because they want to show Feyenoord that they want to play in the Kuip too.’ PROBABLE TEAMS: Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Gyan, Paauwe, Van Wonderen, Van Haaren; Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Lurling; Buffel en Van Hooijdonk Excelsior: Malkowski; Olfers, Breuer, Swerts, Holman; Van Dieren, Mtiliga, Boutahar, Pinas; Lopes, Koswal HOME: 21/9/1986 Feyenoord 5-0 Excelsior 3/11/1985 Feyenoord 2-1 Excelsior 25/4/1985 Feyenoord 2-1 Excelsior 30/10/1983 Feyenoord 4-0 Excelsior 16/1/1983 Feyenoord 1-0 Excelsior AWAY: 5/4/1987 Excelsior 1-6 Feyenoord 27/4/1986 Excelsior 2-1 Feyenoord 4/11/1984 Excelsior 2-4 Feyenoord 15/4/1984 Excelsior 0-2 Feyenoord 22/8/1982 Excelsior 2-3 Feyenoord
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