Feyenoord ready for test against top European club

Giovanni van Bronckhorst repeated the message he gave Feyenoord TV 24 hours earlier to dozens of journalists on Tuesday evening: Manchester City are a team with the potential to win the Champions League. That said, the Feyenoord coach is confident that his own team can earn a good result against the stellar English Premier League outfit.

‘It’s a big challenge to play against a club that can win the Champions League,’ said Van Bronckhorst in front of a host of Dutch and English journalists attending the press conference at De Kuip. ‘We form a good collective and we know that we can certainly get a good result at home. We have often beaten big teams here in recent years.’

Van Bronckhorst admitted that he had already played Wednesday evening’s match in his head a number of times. ‘The best scenario? That we win of course. A win is possible, that is always possible. But we have to be realistic. It will be very tough because we are really going to play a top team.’

The Feyenoord coach fielded a lot of questions about what team he plans to put out tomorrow and how he wants them to play, not least because both Nicolai Jorgensen and Ridgeciano Haps are unavailable. ‘We’ll have to do it with the players who are there tomorrow. Their absence does not change my battle plan at all,’ said Van Bronckhorst. ‘We have looked at City’s strengths and at where we can get some joy. For us it’s about keeping it tight and capitalising when we can break out.’

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